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Thatcher Funeral Party in Liverpool

When I arrived there was a decent sized crowd of people at St Georges Hall. Music playing, champagne and beer being drunk, and lots of cheering. There were people dressed as miners and one woman dressed as Thatcher. When she posed dead on the ground the crowd piled on for a photo. It was an interesting site as both old and young attended. Everyone had a camera phone out. After a while the people who bought the Thatcher on a stick effigy decided to head to the pub, taking their prop with them. The guy holding it said it cost him £50 and he wanted to return it to get his money back. However a crowd of about 200 people followed him shouting “Burn her!” I’m not sure how it happened exactly but minutes later people were trying to set it on fire. Using a makeshift flame thrower device they succeeded. After that things quietened down and most people went about their business.

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Union strikes in Liverpool against pension cuts

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It is estimated that over 15,000 people came out today to rally against the cuts to their pensions. There were teachers, firemen, NHS workers, physiotherapists, and all sorts of people from all areas of the public sector. The museums were closed. The ferries did not run. The tunnels, both the Wallasey and Birkenhead, were closed all day. That is something I’ve never known to happen. It was a very big day. The biggest national strike of our generation. I heard one speaker call this the year of protests and it can certainly be remembered for that.

One thing I noticed about this rally compared to other events this year was how calm it was. Sure there was a huge police presence but it was very calm. People made their point and then went to the pub for a pint. No egg throwing or general annoying of the police just cos. It’s good to see people stand up for the beliefs in a calm fashion. More civilised than your average day in Parliament I bet.

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Aftermath of rioting in Liverpool

Cars destroyed on Grove Street, Toxteth.

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.

Groups of people arrive at the Bombed Out Church in Liverpool to clean up the streets after a night of rioting.
Groups of people arrive at the Bombed Out Church in Liverpool to clean up the streets after a night of rioting.

Eleanor Jones had her car attacked near the Tesco at Myrtle Parade. Luckily  the rioters couldn't get her car fully into the road so they didn't set it on fire.
Eleanor Jones had her car attacked near the Tesco at Myrtle Parade. Luckily the rioters couldn't get her car fully into the road so they didn't set it on fire.

Tesco on Myrtle Parade in Toxteth. The front entrance had been completed ripped open and people had been looting inside. It's lucky the fire didn't spread to the apartments above.
Tesco on Myrtle Parade in Toxteth. The front entrance had been completed ripped open and people had been looting inside. It's lucky the fire didn't spread to the apartments above.

A car with a smashed window sits just by Falkner Square in Toxteth.
A car with a smashed window sits just by Falkner Square in Toxteth.

Another car with smashed windows. Front, back and side windows were destroyed.
Another car with smashed windows. Front, back and side windows were destroyed.

Handymen repair broken windows in Toxteth.
Handymen repair broken windows in Toxteth.

Drum gear is burnt out due to rioting.
Drum gear is burnt out due to rioting.

Two of many cars completely destroyed by rioting in Toxteth.
Two of many cars completely destroyed by rioting in Toxteth.

Charles Jupiter organised a cleanup operation on Smithdown Road and around Toxteth. While some people say social networks help rioters it's good to see people using it to organise cleanups.
Charles Jupiter organised a cleanup operation on Smithdown Road and around Toxteth. While some people say social networks help rioters it's good to see people using it to organise cleanups.

A completely burnt out Mercedes.
A completely burnt out Mercedes.

I refused to believe there was any rioting in Liverpool last night, right up until Ben Schofield tweeted a photograph of his car burning outside his house. This is that car.
I refused to believe there was any rioting in Liverpool last night, right up until Ben Schofield tweeted a photograph of his car burning outside his house. This is that car.

A brick thrown into a car. Hard to say whether this was thrown to break the window or not.
A brick thrown into a car. Hard to say whether this was thrown to break the window or not.

The steering wheel should be there somewhere.
The steering wheel should be there somewhere.

While I was photographing these windows had been repaired. It's good to see such swift repair work.
While I was photographing these windows had been repaired. It's good to see such swift repair work.

I met the owner of the smashed up golf later in the day. He's only lived in Toxteth for about 3 weeks and said he'll probably park somewhere else tonight.
I met the owner of the smashed up golf later in the day. He's only lived in Toxteth for about 3 weeks and said he'll probably park somewhere else tonight.

It's great to see people's cars being repaired so quickly. This is the Golf I photographed earlier after being cleaned and new windows put in.
It's great to see people's cars being repaired so quickly. This is the Golf I photographed earlier after being cleaned and new windows put in.

Broken windows are boarded up. At least half the windows in this building are broken. I was told rioters tried to fire bomb the building.
Broken windows are boarded up. At least half the windows in this building are broken. I was told rioters tried to fire bomb the building.

Local council leader Joe Anderson comforts the owner of a burnt out car.
Local council leader Joe Anderson comforts the owner of a burnt out car. Their son had borrowed the car to travel to Liverpool. They had to come from North Wales to inspect the damage.

Liverpool crane collapse at Chandlers Warf

Liverpool crane collapse at Chandlers Warf

About 2hrs ago a crane collapsed at Chandlers Warf in Liverpool. I didn’t hear it despite living 2 mins away. I had my door closed and I was trying to get work done. Any loud noises I just assumed were construction / thunder. Then I checked Twitter which had exploded with tweets. Photos were hitting Flickr and Twitpic before the Echo website. Fantastic use of the medium once again proving the importance of Twitter. I grabbed my camera and headed out. Its not every day you see a large crane lying over a building. Its surreal and sort of hard to wrap your head around. Once I turned the corner and I could see the extent of the damage it was clear. The real danger was that there’s a power station right next to that place. The crane could have easily fallen on that and I would hate to think of how bad that would have been. I just hope no-one is injured in there. You can see people in the building being rescued by firemen.

Full story on the Echo site. Follow me on Twitter for any further updates and more local insight as things happen. Only lived here for 2 weeks and its already been a crazy 2 weeks.