Woolwich stunned after night of rioting

The Woolwich community is beginning the long clean-up following a night of severe vandalism and looting across the town.

Shop-owners were inspecting the damage to their stores after the riot which also saw the Wetherspoon’s pub almost completely destroyed by fire.

Jewellers, computer stores, banks, bookmakers and fast food chains were also hit.

The town was one of the major hotspots for Monday evening’s violence, which has been going on across the capital since Saturday.

Bookmaker Corals was broken into and vandalised. Manager George Ross said: “We had an idea something was going to happen and closed early last night. But I was surprised by the level of damage this morning.

“They tried to get plasma TVs off the wall and they smashed through gaming machines and tried to get into the safe and the tills.”

Crowds gathered outside The Great Harry Wetherspoon pub, which opened in 2000, and was almost completely burnt out after being set on fire.


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