I’ve photographed protests and seen the damage they cause. Eggs, paint and random objects thrown at the police. Nothing compared to the rioting of last night in Toxteth. I followed the news as rioting spread around London via Twitter, Sky News and the BBC News. Watching the large furniture store burn down in real time was awful. I heard today that there wasn’t enough police to protect fire crews. A damn shame. As town after town in London fell to rioting it became clear that there wasn’t enough police to be everywhere, to stop any of it. Then it spread to Birmingham and I was worried about Liverpool. Why did it suddenly jump from London to Birmingham? I doubt anyone can really say. It seemed simply like people saw that it was possible to go looting and did so.
After a few hours rumours spread of rioting in Liverpool. I refused to believe them. I simply didn’t want to. But then Ben Schofield on Twitter tweeted a photograph of his own car on fire outside his house. Rioting had arrived in Liverpool. It’s been 30 years since the riots in Toxteth and of all the areas in Liverpool to be affected it was once again Toxteth. It’s a damn shame as its a lovely area with a very strong community spirit. I took this photo of the affected area when it snowed. You can see just how lovely an area Toxteth is. It doesn’t deserve stupid idiotic opportunists doing this.
I went out today to document the effect this has had. This is what I saw.