Posts Tagged ‘London riots’
Brit Writer on Rioters: ‘Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters’
Listen to What These Rioters Have to Say: They’re doing it because it’s fun. Plus they don’t like the rich.
MAX HASTINGS-U.K. DAILY MAIL: A few weeks after the U.S. city of Detroit was ravaged by 1967 race riots in which 43 people died, I was shown around the wrecked areas by a black reporter named Joe Strickland.
He said: ‘Don’t you believe all that stuff people here are giving media folk about how sorry they are about what happened. When they talk to each other, they say: “It was a great fire, man!” ’
I am sure that is what many of the young rioters, black and white, who have burned and looted in England through the past few shocking nights think today.
It was fun. It made life interesting. It got people to notice them. As a girl looter told a BBC reporter, it showed ‘the rich’ and the police that ‘we can do what we like’.
f you live a normal life of absolute futility, which we can assume most of this week’s rioters do, excitement of any kind is welcome. The people who wrecked swathes of property, burned vehicles and terrorised communities have no moral compass to make them susceptible to guilt or shame.
Most have no jobs to go to or exams they might pass. They know no family role models, for most live in homes in which the father is unemployed, or from which he has decamped.
They are illiterate and innumerate, beyond maybe some dexterity with computer games and BlackBerries.
They are essentially wild beasts. I use that phrase advisedly, because it seems appropriate to young people bereft of the discipline that might make them employable; of the conscience that distinguishes between right and wrong.
Brit Paper Outs Looters: Name a Rioter
THESE are just some of the 2,000 suspects being hunted today over Britain’s riot mayhem.
THE SUN: Police issued the CCTV shots and appealed to witnesses to identify anyone they recognise.
Sun readers are urged to name and shame any morons they saw looting or committing arson and wrecking property.
Commander Simon Foy warned rioters that the Met’s Operation Withern would track them down.
DO YOU KNOW ONE OF THE THUGS? – IF SO CALL CRIMESTOPPERS NOW ON 0800 555111
He said: “Those who have or intend to go out and commit violent, criminal acts should be warned. We will use photographs and evidence to identify you and bring you to justice. We will not tolerate the violence we have seen.”
Officers in London, Birmingham and Bristol released pictures – and many more images are expected.
The wanted list includes six women suspected over violence in Croydon. Ram-raiders in Lambeth were also caught on camera.
Trouble-makers are handing out leaflets telling yobs not to panic if they are caught on CCTV.
The A5 sheets wrongly advise: “The photos are not necessarily evidence.”
By this morning the Met had arrested 768 people — one a boy of 11 — and charged 111 of them.
More than 110 people were also arrested in Manchester, with 80 nicked in Birmingham.
Three suspects were being quizzed on suspicion of attempted murder after a cop was mowed down by a car.
Scotland Yard launched a dedicated webpage to show the images of people wanted over the chaos at met.police.uk/disordersuspects/.
Prosecutors promised to act rapidly and 18 suspects have already faced London courts and been remanded in custody.
London’s chief prosecutor Alison Saunders said: “We are working closely with the police and have a team available to provide charging decisions as quickly as possible.”
Police cells in London were all full last night and prisoners were sent to police stations outside the capital.
Rioters could be tracked down through the BlackBerry smartphones they use to co-ordinate attacks. Research In Motion, who make the mobiles, will decode encrypted messages for police.
Experts at the Government’s top-secret GCHQ communications centre are also ready to help.