A cancer patient has died after being attacked by an Iranian illegal immigrant as he lay in his hospital bed.
Anthony Wilson, a 78-year-old man from Harefield near Uxbridge, had undergone an operation to remove part of his bowel just four days previously. He was asleep when he was assaulted by an Iranian man who had been brought into the hospital two days earlier complaining of breathing difficulties.
Three UK Border Agency guards, who had been brought in to sit with the Iranian during his hospital stay, had to intervene when the shocking and unprovoked attack on Mr Wilson took place.
The man was removed from Hillingdon Hospital immediately and returned to a nearby immigration removal centre, where he is currently awaiting deportation.
The attack occurred in front of other patients on the ward at approximately 8.20am on October 17. Police were called but the UKBA guards dealt with the incident swiftly.
Mr Wilson, who served in the Army as a teenager after the Second World War, was admitted to hospital on October 11. He had been battling bowel cancer for three months prior to being admitted.
Mr Wilson was pronounced dead at 4.20am on October 18, when police were again called to the hospital.
Following the attack, Mr Wilson’s brother, Jeffrey, 68, told the Mail on Sunday “I have lost my brother, who was my right-hand man. He used to do everything for me and I miss him.
“He went for the operation and got through it and did all right, but someone may have taken his life away from him so I want to know the truth of what happened.”
A post-mortem examination concluded that Mr Wilson had died from septicaemia, but an inquest will be held in order to determine whether or not the attack was a contributory factor.
Doctors had previously informed him of the various risks involved with the invasive surgery, especially because of his age and because he had been fitted with a pacemaker earlier this year. The former engineer decided to go ahead with the operation anyway and had made plans to recuperate at home by his brother’s side.
Jeffrey went on to say: ‘We lived together all our lives, we were best friends and I will miss him. Sometimes we fell out over different things at one time or another, as brothers often do, but it was a good life together.’
It is as yet unclear whether the attack on Mr Wilson was a factor in his death; Jeffrey insists that his brother was strangled, but the investigation is ongoing.
Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust claims the assault “took only seconds and amounted to him [the immigrant] putting an arm round Mr Wilson’s neck.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they attended the hospital and that the death is being treated as non-suspicious.
A spokesman for the UK Border Agency confirmed that they are in the process of removing the Iranian man: “We are reviewing this incident and, if necessary, will take appropriate action.”
The Acorn Pack, a collection of local, relevant and ethical information for expectant mothers, is the creation of Jane Woodley, a mother-of-two from Hillingdon.
Jane started the company having realised that many women had regrets about their birth and early parenting experiences. Having been through the experience twice herself, she felt that there needed to be more accessible, realistic and supportive information available to all new parents.
The concept of the Acorn Pack started during Jane’s first pregnancy – although she did not realise it at the time. Her experience with the lack of helpful information on breastfeeding is what initially led her to start researching pre-natal experiences:
“I was fascinated to speak to other women about their birth and breastfeeding experiences. I did a lot of listening to other women from all over the country talk about their experiences and started to piece together a picture of what breastfeeding support was like in the real world, not in the poster campaign world”.
After months of speaking with healthcare professionals, other expectant mothers, committees and companies, Jane felt she had enough information to put together something which would really benefit mums-to-be:
“My aims were clear. I wanted to pull together the best and brightest from the world of pregnancy, birth and beyond, to stimulate debate, to empower women to expect a good standard of care, not to get through pregnancy and birth and early motherhood and think, ‘Wow. I only wish I’d known – I’d have done things differently'”.
Working in partnership with the London Borough of Hillingdon and Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Jane managed to secure start-up funding from Public Health to launch the Acorn Pack Antenatal.
The Acorn Pack carries advertising relevant to new families and is seeking responsible corporate partners to grow Acorn Pack Antenatal and to develop Acorn Pack Postnatal.
Acorn Packs are available from:
- Barra Hall Children’s Centre, Hayes
- Coteford Children’s Centre, Eastcote
- Harefield Children’s Centre, Harefield
- Hillside Children’s Centre, Northwood
- Oak Farm Children’s Centre, Oak Farm
- Yiewsley Cornerstone Children’s Centre, Yiewsley
A man from Ruislip has been charged with burglary and possessing a knife after being caught up in one of the incidents of vandalism and theft that broke out in the borough last week.
Faroud Deousti, 21, of Linden Avenue, was among those facing the courts, charged with two counts of burglary and possession of a knife; it has not yet been confirmed if his arrest related to Ruislip or an incident elsewhere.
A report from Hillingdon Police said that the men who were arrested for looting Argos were taken to Maidenhead police station and are being processed by Thames Valley Police.
Some councillors have called for any council tenants caught up in the violence to be evicted from their homes.
Feel like buying us a pint or two? All of us are doing this unpaid – it would be nice to have a meal and a drink.
Additional reporting: Gaz Corfield (current liveblog), Ricky Compton (liveblog prior to 17:30 and now Twitter @thewestlondoner), Xenia Coudrille (Facebook page), Lee Fleming (research), Chris Green (research), Sean Cameron (ground reporting & research) and Moa Aarenstrup (late night research).
Live updates below.
0325: We’re knocking off – third day of doing this and it’s taking it’s toll. Nothing new coming in London now. Will do a roundup of the day’s events when we wake up tomorrow.
We’ll end the day with a few words from Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Kavanagh of the Metropolitan Police. Goodnight and stay safe.
“I would like to remark upon the considerable bravery and resilience shown by members of our community overnight. People intervening to make their disgust known about the activities of these mindless yobs. Our officers, and crew from Fire and Ambulance all demonstrated their bravery, as they were attacked whilst trying to protect our streets.”
0323: BBC apparently confirming the Dudley story. Last reports – unconfirmed – that two or possibly three people were hit by a car which appeared to have been driven at them deliberately. Sangat TV, non-English reporters on a Sky channel, are saying that two men died. We have no way of confirming that at this time though.
0318: Austen Close, Thamesmead.
0316: Nothing more on Silver Street in Enfield.
0314: VIDEO: People chasing alleged looters in Enfield earlier today. We’ll leave you to form your own opinions on the content of the video, if you wish.
0310: Earlier rumours of fire in Holloway unconfirmed – a car may have been set alight an hour ago but we can’t be sure. Checking reports of something in Silver Street now.
0302: Sangat TV on Sky are reporting two people dead in Dudley, Birmingham – this seems connected with the road traffic incident of earlier. Possibly a deliberate hit and run but that isn’t confirmed yet.
0300: We’re going to knock off at 0315 – London is quiet now and we’re exhausted. Any fresh updates to @thewestlondoner and @gazthejourno if you have them.
0256: Gloucester police horses just now:
0250: Silence all round. Waiting on rumours from Dudley. More reports of disturbances in Gloucester too now.
0243: Hounslow fire is most definitely out. Meanwhile the burnt out car in Lawrence Road, Liverpool, apparently belongs to a naval officer.
0240: Verifying reports from Dudley/Birmingham. Thamesmead has gone quiet – hopefully the arsonists there have given up.
0235: Police in Dudley have released a statement referring to three men being injured in a road accident and taken to hospital. Nothing about a death, but we’re looking into it – eyewitnesses claimed someone was killed.
0233: Fresh reports that the Thamesmead fires are cars, not houses.
0230: Updates slowing because we’re getting lots of unconfirmed rumours in, trying to verify. Reports of a possible death in Birmingham, working on that. Thamesmead has gone quiet – Hounslow fire is out – Liverpool reports just vehicle and business premises fires, no fires in residential areas.
0227: This just in from Thamesmead area;
0223: VIDEO: Small fire in Hounslow being dealt with not long ago. (external link)
0218: Smithdown, Liverpool, not long ago:
0217: Four fire engines attacked in Liverpool, apparently. Crews uninjured but the vehicles themselves are reportedly out of action, says our Liverpool correspondent. (who hasn’t knocked off thankfully!)
0211: Eight fire engines attending large blaze in Brunswick Road, Gloucester, reports Sky News. Still looking out for more info on Thamesmead arsonists and Enfield situation. Thames Valley Police in Reading reporting a fire in London Road, Reading.
0209: LBC radio apparently just reporting that British Transport Police have confirmed disturbances on Silver Street in Enfield. Developing…
0206: Reports now that arsonists in Thamesmead may be near a primary school. Obviously the school is empty and the reports are not confirmed, but we’re working on it.
0204: Unconfirmed reports that the arsonists in Thamesmead are mobile and moving towards the town centre there. Near Crossway Gym.
0201: Houses near Linton Mead (Thamesmead area) are apparently on fire. Confirming.
0156: Reports that Thamesmead is suffering from arsonists – stand by.
0155: More from Liverpool: 2 fire engines and police car hit by missiles in Lawrence Road (see 0128 update) but none of the officers were injured.
0152: Picture of (extinguished) fire in Park View Road, Tottenham:
0150: Our Liverpool man, Alex Mitchell, is clocking off – no more news from there for the moment.
0149: Reports coming in now that Manchester City Centre has been reopened. Still looking at Camden for any news on the burning pile of rubbish (yes, London has become that calm that a pile of rubbish is now our focus!)
0146: Unconfirmed report from Camden that someone has set fire to a pile of rubbish. Looking for confirmation.
0140: Calm in London now, unless you know otherwise. Tweet us – @gazthejourno and @thewestlondoner.
0133: Apparently the Ashley Road depot (which backs onto Park View Road) is home to Haringey Council’s asbestos team. Let’s hope they didn’t have any asbestos there…
0132: Police have arrested four people in Borough Road, Birkenhead, for conspiracy to commit criminal damage.
0129: Peter Beaumont on the ground near the Park View Road fire is reporting that the fire brigade have attended and extinguished the flames. Police are continuing to patrol. That was quick!
0128: Picture from Lawrence Road, Liverpool, about an hour ago.
0126: Recycling depot at Park View Road apparently handles general waste including cooking oil and used engine oil – possibly some of that which is fuelling the flames?
0124: Park View Road is the rubbish lorry depot – separate reports coming in of something to do with a “diesel depot” according to BBC. Confirming.
0121: Three explosions reported at Tottenham rubbish lorry depot.
0120: Birkenhead pub just now. Merseyside police say to avoid Park Road South in Birkenhead.
0117: Fire engines seen heading towards the Tottenham rubbish lorry depot. Finding official name/address of the depot now to avoid confusion.
0113: Car on fire in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, courtesy of Paul Lewis of the Guardian.
0110: Council rubbish lorries on fire in Tottenham – sparks reportedly 200 feet high there now.
0107: Peter Beaumont of The Observer (there’s a newspaper you don’t hear about often) is on the spot in Tottenham; there is a fire at the council recycling depot there. Explosion not long ago, may have been a fuel tank of some description.
0105: Fire in Tottenham, possibly riot-related. Checking now, seems to be in N17.
0101: Reports from Matt Holehouse of the Daily Telegraph that there are disturbances at Feltham Young Offenders’ Institute. Prison service are apparently dispatching extra vans.
0058: Latest from St Albans is that two people set fire to a bin earlier. Not riot-related so we’ll say that all is calm there.
0054: VIDEO: Street band United Vibrations playing on the street in Brixton – from Arjun on the ground there. (external link to TinyPic).
0053: Shops already being repaired in Manchester, seems to have calmed down there too.
0051: Police confirming reports of damage to shops in Birkenhead and some fires there too. Looking for more details.
0049: Reports coming in from Liverpool of more disturbances there. London seems relatively quiet now – I’ll stick my neck out and say that we have no active rioters in the capital now. (no doubt that’ll change inside ten minutes…)
0047: Picture from Tesco Express in Hayes just now. Police already on scene, nothing more to report from there.
0044: Tesco Express in Hayes was apparently hit by ram raiders – doesn’t appear to be riot related at all. Picture of a BMW minus its front numberplate going around but no solid confirmation just yet.
0041: Interesting photo of a jazz band in Brixton from our man on the ground there.
0040: Two of our researchers have just gone to bed (they have day jobs, lucky sods) so updates may slow. Tweet @gazthejourno and @thewestlondoner if you have more info.
0037: Rioters are trying to break into a Jessop’s camera shop in Manchester. Reports that Greggs has been targeted.
0035: VIDEO: Police vehicles driving slowly through Enfield. No reports of anything except curious crowds there now.
0033: Asda in Toxteth (Liverpool) reports a breakin but police are on the scene.
0030: Not much more known on Slough. Updates will pause for a few minutes – confirming some info on Manchester.
0027: Crayford fire is apparently domestic, nothing to do with rioters it seems. After that burst of reports it really does seem to be quietening down across London.
0022: Enfield Town. Lots of police, not much disorder it seems.
0019: Starbucks in Slough a few minutes ago. Smashed window – nothing more known yet.
0017: Kensington is reported to be calm. Don’t know anything more about the Crayford fire – I can tell you that there was a fire, and now there isn’t a fire.
0016: Crayford – apparently the fire service have extinguished the fire there. Swift action!
0015: Brentford update – people are saying it’s peaceful there.
0013: Crayford (in Dartford) a few moments ago. Finding out what exactly this is now:
0010: Billy Kember of the Times reporting that crowds in Enfield are melting back into the pubs. Seems to have been a brief flash, nothing more. Hayes skip fire unconfirmed.
0008: Gang of 40 reported in Slough just now. Confirming that.
0006: Lombardy Retail Park in Hayes reportedly quiet now. Confirming location of those skips reported earlier.
0003: Skips being set alight in Hayes now.
0000: Pic from Billy Kember of the Times, who’s on the ground in Enfield now:
2358: More reports coming in from Enfield station – checking now. Hayes still unclear.
2357: Rumours coming in of a possible fire at Hayes Lombardy.
2354: Sky News reporting objects being thrown at police in Liverpool.
2350: VIDEO: Miss Selfridge in Manchester on fire, courtesy of ITV/Granada.
2346: Tulse Hill, Dulwich, Streatham and Norwood all calm. London seems to be cooling down. At this rate we might get to sleep by 2am!
2344: VIDEO: Eltham earlier this evening (YouTube external link).
2340: Safe to say that West London in general seems to be quiet. Nothing from Harrow or Hounslow areas either. This is Hounslow bus garage a little while ago:
2336: Brentford seemingly quiet. Some sirens but it’s likely that whereever there’s trouble in London police will be moving there. Sirens on their own don’t mean trouble in your area!
2332: Helicopters reported to be near Mitcham and Wimbledon. Nothing reported on the ground, so no cause for alarm down there.
2329: Old stuff coming in from Eltham indicates that there was a fairly large crowd with police there. Still checking for latest on situation there.
2328: Busy checking reports from Eltham – this seems legit:
2315: Reports from Birmingham suggest that the city has been locked down and things are getting calmer there.
2314: Brixton reports that all is quiet except for the residents’ cleanup operation there.
2311: Five people in Watford have been arrested for criminal damage. Canning Circus fire in Nottingham – latest there is that the fire has been extinguished and police are preserving the scene for forensic evidence. Eight arrested there.
2310: Slight technical difficulties at our end. Manchester and Nottingham both report police still clashing with rioters. 15 arrests in Salford. Greenford (London) is quiet.
2302: Dagenham, Uxbridge, West Drayton and Ruislip all quiet, despite rumours.
2259: Lewisham High Street reportedly quiet, as are Burnt Oak and Greenford.
2254: Burnt Oak update: the cars that were apparently burning there have been extinguished.
2252: VIDEO: Eltham a few minutes ago. (YouTube link)
2248: Huge amount of rumours going around about Lewisham. I am going to downgrade our reports to UNCONFIRMED because all verifiable reports from people living there say it’s peaceful at the moment. Eltham situation fluid.
2246: VIDEO from Seven Sisters. External link to yfrog – it is on its side, unfortunately.
2245: All buses and trams in and out of Manchester have been suspended apparently, but the trains are still running, reports
2243: BBC News live reporting from Manchester behind riot police now.
2240: Picture from Seven Sisters a few minutes ago:
2236: Seven Sisters Hair and Beauty is reportedly on fire. The fire in Southend was on the Leigh industrial estate (link to local paper), very close to Big Yellow Storage.
2231: Big Yellow Storage in Southend is NOT on fire. We’re slowing down to double-check our info before posting more on Eltham and Lewisham.
2229: Picture below of Eltham is of a flare, not a bomb – Lewisham appears to be quiet despite large group of people reported there earlier.
2225: Riot vans going through Deptford towards Lewisham. Meanwhile in Leicester helicopters are assisting police on the ground over there. Some damage on Granby Street, apparently.
2223: Rumours of fire in Basildon appear to be false.
2220: Lewisham seems to be quiet according to locals there – perhaps the bulk of the people round there have moved towards Eltham. Confirming.
2218: Fireball in Eltham, very close to Shoezone:
2216: LBC radio are reporting around 2000 people moving from Eltham to Lewisham to “reclaim the streets”. Developing – updates to @gazthejourno and @thewestlondoner on Twitter please.
2214: Six arrests in Liverpool from earlier, city now quiet. Nothing much happening in Portsmouth after the fire in that derelict nightclub either.
2213: Canning Circus police station in Nottinghamshire firebombed by 30-40 men, report Notts Police.
2211: Reports coming in that 400+ people are running through Lewisham, from a source on the ground. Confirming now – that’s very recent.
2208: Met Police confirms disturbances in Canning Town, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Highgate.
2205: Gang of youths reported to be on the rampage in Milton Keynes.
2204: 20 police officers on guard outside Bletchey train station, reports the Milton Keynes Citizen.
2203: Curry’s in Ruislip was hit earlier – pic found on Lockerz.com. Thanks to Peter Smallwood for digging that out for us.
2200: Harrow is all quiet, our man there reports that pubs are serving beer as normal.
2159: Restarted my browser, that’s cleared up the slowness. Reports of a fire in Burnt Oak are coming in thick and fast. Low-quality pictures coming in.
2153: Road closures reported in Birmingham. Unconfirmed reports of something happening on the A127 in Southend – looking into that now.
2152: Reports of water cannon leaving Northern Ireland and the Guardian’s front page for tomorrow reports that plastic bullets have been authorised for use on the UK mainland by David Cameron.
2148: Lots of reports coming in that Eltham has become a popular spot. Police attending the scene there.
2143: Cotton Street in Poplar is closed due to a public disorder incident. More as we get it.
2143: Southbury Rail Station, near Enfield, has just closed.
2139: This picture is apparently of Millwall fans in Eltham earlier. My laptop is going slow – back in a couple of minutes.
2134: Four people reported to have been arrested in Bletchley.
2132: Fabric World in Bletchley is reportedly on fire. Meanwhile the groups of people out on the street may be about to clash with each other. Trying hard not to use any emotive words to describe these groups – wary of stoking tension.
2131: Unconfirmed rumours of something happening in Bletchley town, Milton Keynes area.
2127: Rumours of a fire in Wandsworth that was caused by a kitchen accident – not riot related.
2125: Confirmed reports of a car on fire in Dagenham and youths gathering in the area.
2122: Police in Wembley report no incidents there, it’s all calm across NW London. Meanwhile reports that more people are gathering in Enfield and Southall.
2120: Local people are now on the streets in Eltham, Enfield and New Addington.
2117: Reports from Eltham (London) that cars of people are driving around randomly attacking passers-by. Stay away from the area if you can.
2115: Sky News people on the ground in Manchester reporting that police are confiscating petrol bombs. Worrying news.
2112: Looters supposedly breaking into Oxfam shops in Manchester now. Having another look at London – tweet updates to @thewestlondoner and @gazthejourno
2111: This is reportedly a BBC radio car in Manchester:
2108: People in Mitcham are being told to go home by police.
2107: News just in that National Express coaches will make their final departures from Birmingham, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton and Dudley at 9.30pm.
2106: VIDEO: Police riot vans speeding through Brixton earlier. (YouTube link)
2104: A fire has occurred in West Drayton but it is definitely not linked to the riots.
2102: Mitcham, Tooting and Wandsworth all quiet, no futher disturbances. Unconfirmed reports of youths at a petrol station in Wembley now.
2101: LBC reporting that Apple have emptied their stores nationwide in case of looters.
2100: Sikhs in Southall are out in force by the gurdwara tonight;
2059: Reports of trouble in Wembley, London. Looking to confirm.
2056: Bristol reports heavy police presence but no trouble as yet.
2055: Manchester Metrolink has been suspended – there is no service there at all.
2052: Lots of people taking to the streets in Enfield:
2051: Police in Dagenham have made an arrest. Romford police are still moving troublemakers towards the marketplace.
2051: Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester has been cordoned off apparently. Checking now.
2050: Nottingham seems fine after slight unrest yesterday but both football teams there are playing apparently. Potential for problems?
2047: New reports from Nottingham. Standing by to confirm there. Will have a look at London again in a moment. Maybe we should rename ourselves “The UK’er”?
2045: Liverpool is quiet now. Reports that Portsmouth is still tense but quiet.
2042: Daily Mail reporting that the England cricket team are locked in a hotel in Birmingham. Meanwhile Hat Man in the city centre there is being looted:
2040: Shepherd’s Bush is nice and quiet. Meanwhile Birmingham riots are apparently moving north in the city. No further updates from Manchester.
2034: Uxbridge town centre a few minutes ago. Slightly less busy than expected…
2035: Group of people we reported in Enfield earlier are apparently a multi-ethnic group with no beef against any particular group. Happy to correct the record.
2031: 563 arrests in London and 105 charged so far. Meanwhile Domino’s in Shepherd’s Bush is, er, open …
2029: Tons of updates coming in. Five riot vans in Hertford Road, Enfield. Shops are being raided in Manchester but police mounted units, aided by dogs, are getting the situation under control.
2026: Reports coming in from Milton Keynes of trouble there. Confirming now – police helicopter supposedly in area.
2024: Enfield vigilantes (50-60 or so) reportedly gathering in Church Street. People are cheering police in Enfield Town. They are gathering to stop rioters, according to our source on the ground.
2022: West Bromwich a short while ago:
2020: Police have charged with riot batons drawn in Manchester.
2019: Riot police in St Anne’s Square, Manchester, are arresting all looters and rioters there. Buses are being diverted away from Central Parade and New Addington.
2018: The end is nigh in Manchester:
2017: Fifty thousand per cent (50,000%) increase in sales of batons and similar on Amazon.
2016: New Addington in Croydon reports about a hundred people there. Apparently they may be locals.
2015: Number of arrests made in Canning Town. Lots of new reports from Croydon, combing through those now.
2012: Portsmorth is tense, according to our man on the ground there. Lots of cars driving around and a decent police presence but nothing actually happening just yet.
2008: Manchester City Centre has been cordoned off. This was Swarovski’s there a few minutes ago:
2006: Reports from Manchester that hotels have been told to lock their doors. Confirming. We’re expanding coverage to the wider UK.
2004: This just in from Eltham, lots of people gathering at local pubs.
2001: Lots of stop-and-searches being reported in Canning Town now. Police definitely in control there now.
1959: Smoke over Canning town is almost definitely just drifting over from the burnt-down Sony centre in Enfield. Things there appear to have subsided for now.
1956: Canning Town seems to be calming down now. Groups of men have reportedly gathered in pubs in Eltham and are waiting for looters to show up. Apparently Millwall fans are patrolling the area, looking for confirmation there.
1953: Oxford Street is empty. Various updates from West London saying that nothing is happening. Looks like either the police are getting to grips with the situation and tackling rioters as they start, or the rioters have finally given up. Mounted police are assembling in Canning Town.
1952: Smoke in Canning Town. (look at the top right corner of the green sign – faint but visible)
1949: Large group of people reportedly on Hertford Road in Enfield chasing away troublemakers. Rumours of racist chants coming in from there.
1946: Reports coming in of arsonists operating in Aston, near Birmingham. Confirming.
1943: Police carriers reportedly speeding through Hanwell, West London. Meanwhile this came in a few minutes ago from Salford.
1941: Police have stopped a route 45 bus in Brixton and are searching a number of passengers:
1938: Canning Town locals are reportedly fighting back against looters.
1937: Police are moving troublemakers in Romford towards the marketplace there. Potential kettle?
1935: Reports coming in from Southsea that trouble has flared. Youth groups being dismissed.
1934: Curry’s on Oxford Street a few minutes ago. Rumours of police arrests there now.
1931: Riot police are out on Oxford Street, reportedly.
1928: Cars are apparently on fire in Wolverhampton. Not confirmed, lots of people asking what’s happened there.
1925: Canning Town latest picture – lockerz.com external link.
1924: Bus fire reports in Canning Town are seriously mixed – some say it is, some say it isn’t. LBC are now saying it’s unconfirmed, apparently. We’re holding back on reports of that until we get something concrete – pics to @thewestlondoner if you’re on the ground.
1922: Police radio overheard reporting that 20+ masked youths are gathering on Oxford Street. Judging by the fact that it’s on the police radio I’d think that that’ll be dealt with swiftly.
1921: Greater Manchester Police are asking people to stay away from the city centre there.
1919: Canning Town latest: Prince Regent DLR station has been attacked and a bus is definitely on fire according to eyewitnesses.
1917: BBC News showing live footage from Croydon now. Resembles the aftermath of a WW2 bombing raid.
1915: Market Street Manchester about a minute ago:
1914: Canning Town bins are smoking heavily, that appears to be mixing with smoke drifting from Enfield Sony centre. Acton is quiet. In Manchester Miss Selfridge’s is reportedly ablaze.
1910: Two bins are on fire in Canning Town – confirmed. Unclear if a bus is on fire there. 20 youths attacking buses but police are dispersing them – seems they were tipped off. Looters tried something in Crouch End, police were on them in minutes. Meanwhile, Romford High Street:
1908: Dagenham Heathway about half an hour ago:
1907: Press Association reporting that windows in Sloane Square have been smashed.
1906: Canning Town a couple of minutes ago.
1903: Three helicopters over Canning Town according to LBC. Likely to be BBC, Sky and police.
1901: Crouch End Blockbuster’s was apparently damaged last night – whoops! It’s calm there now. Smoke over Canning Town is blowing across from the smouldering Sony distribution centre in Enfield Lock. No news from Ruislip.
1857: Mixed messages from Crouch End – unconfirmed reports of something happening to the Blockbusters there. Canning Town has a bus on fire, Sky News are showing footage. Meanwhile the BBC are broadcasting the weather.
1856: Deputy Mayor of London, Richard Barnes, is reportedly in Uxbridge talking to police. No violence reported there but rumours coming in about Ruislip and Northolt. We’re confirming.
1854: Update on Southsea fire from earlier – that appears to have been an arson attack on a derelict nightclub. Not connected to rioting.
1850: Brixton just now. No violence, just local people gathering to clear up the mess from the last few nights.
1848: Brockley Cross, SE4, at 1830ish. Near Lewisham.
1846: West Bromwich about five minutes ago:
1845: Wakering Road in Barking reports trouble. Everything seems to have exploded – rumours of other towns around London experiencing trouble.
1842: BBC showing footage of West gangs pushing over vans and bins. Shops being smashed as well.
1841: London Fire Brigade have confirmed that bins are on fire in Canning Town.
1839: LBC reporting a bus on fire in Canning Town. Helicopters are apparently in the area. Checking this now.
1833: Harrow, various reports that gangs of muggers are on the loose and hanging around train stations.
1831: Freemasons Road in Canning Town is closed, the Met Police are reporting that there are disturbances between the A13 and Victoria Dock Road.
1829: Ponders End seems to have gone quiet. There were reports from there that the Tesco’s was on fire but we can’t confirm this.
1828: Leyton High Street shops have closed early. No further reports from there as yet.
1825: Rioters have smashed the doors of JD Sports in the Victoria Centre in Nottingham.
1823: Ken Livingstone is calling for a curfew and for the events of the last few days to be officially declared a riot. This means police would have to reimburse people for the damages they’ve suffered, if I’ve understood it correctly.
1820: Apparently Ealing residents are banding together to protect their property this evening. Picture of a flyer being pushed through people’s doors has been seen but we won’t reproduce it.
1819: Unconfirmed rumour that Toys’R’Us in Hayes is on fire. Seems unlikely, confirming that now.
1817: Car on fire in Barnet but unrelated to rioters – apparently the engine overheated. Bad luck.
1816: Channel 4 has wanted pictures of looters from yesterday and the day before. (external link)
1814: East Ham High Street has heavy police presence – no looting or rioting reported there just yet.
1811: Met police reporting that 111 police and 5 dogs have been injured over the last three days.
1809: Pub in Tulse Hill just now:
1806: Amazon reporting that sales of steel baseball bats are up by 6,000% (six thousand per cent, not a typo) .
1803: Jubilee Line suspended between Willesden Green and Wembley Park with a signal failure. Nothing to do with riots, just the usual creaky LUL infrastructure!
1801: Large column of police Guardian armoured vehicles going into Croydon now, coming out of Croydon bus station. Pic via Guardian’s Matthew Taylor.
1800: Back streets of Hayes and West Drayton are niec and quiet, apparently.
1759: PC World and Curry’s in Croydon have been boarded up. Curry’s has been a target for the last few nights, seems like a sensible move by the management.
1757: Image from Southsea near Portsmouth, not long ago. Meanwhile a BBC cameraman has reportedly been assaulted in Salford, near Manchester. Perhaps GMP are understating what’s going on over there…
1756: BBC reporting shops looted in Salford.
1755: Bromley reported to be quiet with heavy police presence. No different from everywhere else except Croydon at the moment…
1753: 20 police officers reported outside Hackney station. Croydon Council is meeting with police now.
1748: Canary Wharf tube station appears to be closed. Nothing on TfL live map.
1747: Armoured police vehicles have travelled through Brixton and Streatham and are now heading towards Norbury. Checking to see if there are any reports of violence there.
1747: Shops in Harrow Weald are closing now.
1746: Croydon businesses are closing and boarding up. Fire brigade attending the scene, apparently.
1745: Definitely something going on in Croydon. Reports of rioters present there and a car has definitely been damaged. Confirming that it is fire.
1743: Greater Manchester Police reporting that rumours of disturbances there are false. Not confirmed.
1741: Reports on LBC of a car on fire in Croydon. Confirming, this seems concrete.
1738: Police outside Westfield. Nothing happening there. Atmosphere everywhere seems to be tense and expectant. Many people have closed their businesses early.
1736: Lots of rumours but no concrete reports of violence from anywhere. BBC News reporting disturbances in West Bromwich and Sky News reporting disorder in Wolverhampton.
1732: West Norwood a few minutes ago:
17:29 Eltham shops are now closed. Police presence remains in the area.
1728: No major incidents occuring within London, heavy police presence seems to be working.
1724: Rumours of a fire in Wanstead, as yet unconfirmed but believed to be false. Any updates, send to @TheWestLondoner
1721: Uxbridge has begun closing, with shops shutting down early. Pubs appear to be remaining open.
1719: Unconfirmed reports of a vigilante group received. Will update and confirm/deny as we hear it.
1714: Hayes Town Centre closed off. More updates as we get them.
1713: Interactive riot map. (Guardian link – removed because people on the ground say it’s inaccurate)
1710: Photos of Uxbridge Sainsbury’s from our guy on the ground. They’ve pulled in all trolleys into the foyer.
1709: Twelve police vans, including armoured vehicles, seen heading towards Clapham from Brixton.
1707: Welsh Police are present in the city as part of the 30 forces supporting the Met Police.
1704: BlackBerry Messenger not suspending, but RIM are assisting police. Despite claims for local MPS, there has been no requests from the Home Office to shut down the service.
1701: Local religious residents in Uxbridge have taken to the street.
1658: West Norwood Cemetery has been closed due to fears of rioters defiling the graves.
1656: London fringe theatres are reported to be cancelling shows amidst the riot fears.
1652: Wolverhampton beginning to heat up with groups seen walking the streets.
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1644: Tulse Hill High Road is closing. Police presence in the area. Lots of rumours of communities being targeted but were not reporting anything unless it actually happens.
1639: Tulse Hill shops closing now. Earlier reports that Boris Johnson is out with a broom in Clapham.
1636: Uploading pictures of business as normal in Uxbridge. All reports from other areas of London seem to indicate heavy police presence but not much in the way of violence.
1634: Gaz Corfield here now. Just got back in from Uxbridge and I can confirm personally that the town is quiet. Uxbridge London Underground station is open for business. Police presence heavy for the area but atmosphere is expectant.
1624: Shops closing in Chislehurst and Paddington.
1623: Gangs spotted in Dagenham but the police ‘have it under control’. More updates soon.
1619: New reports suggest Morden shops are being told to close.
1618: Looking into reports of Eltham and Dagenham. Many seems to be false rumours
1613: Welling, Eltham and Sidcup add to the list of towns who have shut up shops.
1611: Dalston closing up for the night.
1608: Police seem to have many locations under control, and no reports yet of major breakages.
1605: We’ve received reports that trains are not stopping in West Norwood.
1602: Update on Rose Hill, near Sutton. Co-Op is fine, but had high police presence earlier today which raised suspicions.
1600: Reports of smashed Phones4U and high police presence in Putney visibly reduced.
1556: Latest images from Balham of shopkeepers boarding windows.
1555: New reports of shops closing in Purley. Also unconfirmed reports of trouble in Dagenham. Any information, please send to @TheWestLondoner.
1553: Train service between Gatwick Airport and Three Bridges running as usual.
1552: Greenwich shops and university have been closed.
1550: AUDIO: two women who claim this is “showing the rich people we can do what we want“.
1547: VIDEO: Boris Johnson in Clapham. (External BBC link)
1545: Arrests in Wolverhamption, and now polcie seem to have calmed the area.
1541: No news from Collier’s Wood or Mitcham, despite disturbances around the Rose Hill Area.
1540: The large police presence in Wimbledon appears to have deterred rioters so far.
1539: Brunel University in Uxbridge have closed their Student Union offices and bars.
1537: Southside shopping centre in Wandsworth closed.
1535: Association of Chief Police Officers say there are now 30 forces supporting the Metropolitan Police.
1533: Greenwich have boarded shops across the town.
1530: Reports of Rose Hill, near Sutton and the Co-op has been hit by looters.
1527: Movements in Walthamstow with Selbourne Walk evacuated
1524: TFL say they won’t be closing stations ealy.
1521: No major updates of yet. Monitoring situations in Wimbledon, Putney and Croydon.
1516: Collier’s Wood Sainsbury’s is reportedly being evacuated and closed in precaution.
1514: Reports suggest there is a presence in Plumstead.
1512: Confirmed that now the majority of both shops and offices in Wimbledon are now closed.
1509: Jewellers in Holborn
1507: New images from Holborn
1503: Police warn of gangs beginning to congregate around South Westminster. Elsewhere, there is a police presence in Egham, near Staines. A local BP garage has been boarded up.
1500: No major devlopments so far, seems like police presence and shops closing are all mainl precautionary. We’ll give you information as soon as wel get it.
1455: Confirmed reports that shops are closing in Putney. Please send any information about riots, or pictures from the scenes to @TheWestLondoner and we can help keep you updated.
1452: Police presence building in Putney as a precaution of rumours for tonight’s ‘hits’.
1451: Bermondsey also reported to be quiet, although rumours that Wimbledon Village is seeing rioters.
1448: Putney and Richmond ‘safe’ amongst rumours that rioters are in town.
1446: Reports of a bin on fire in Wimbledon. Nothing large-scale just yet.
1442: Shops in Wimbledon are reportedly being boarded up by locals and police. The station remains open for the time being.
1439: News on the man shot in Croydon is under investigation. All we know so far is that he was found at around 21:45 last night shot in his car. He died in hospital in the early hours of this morning
1437: 16,000 police to be in London this evening.
1434: Many shops in Wimbledon closing, but the station is remaining open for now.
1431: Looking at reports of arrests in Hillingdon, West London. The Uxbridge Gazette reports that twenty-six people were arrested, claims Hillingdon Council. This follows the minor vandalism in Hayes last night
1428: A great picture of the cleanup
1427: News that the man who was shot in Croydon last night has died in hospital.
And so another night of riots, this time target a more southern area. The West Londoner were again reporting through the night, with people on the ground and others harvesting news from around the capital. The locations hit since 15:00[GMT+1] showed that groups were moving south, and got down as far as Collier’s Wood and Sutton. We will be keeping you updated on any news as we get it.