Tag: Photo-Journalism

Liverpool riots day 2

Rioting again in Liverpool last night. More burnt out cars, smashed windows and a community worried about whether there would be a 3rd night of incidents. I spent a few hours walking around Smithdown Road, Lawrence Road and Lodge Lane. I saw lots of people helping clean up the area. It really is great to see them helping out. The difference between the area in the day time and the night is literally as different as night and day. By day the community sticks together and cleans up. By night a bunch of idiots who probably don’t live around Toxteth turn up and trash the place simply because they can.

The Liverpool clean up crew tidying up a smashed bus stop near the Asda on Smithdown Road.
The Liverpool clean up crew tidying up a smashed bus stop near the Asda on Smithdown Road.

Members of the local community clean up after rioting.
Members of the local community clean up after rioting.

A car had been torched here and the clean up crew did a brilliant job to tidy the area up.
A car had been torched here and the clean up crew did a brilliant job to tidy the area up.

Almost every window in this pub had been smashed.
Almost every window in this pub had been smashed.

Even at 10am some cars were still on fire. The fire brigade had a very tough night as some of their vehicles had been attacked. You have to respect them all for helping the community.
Even at 10am some cars were still on fire. The fire brigade had a very tough night as some of their vehicles had been attacked. You have to respect them all for helping the community.

Jennifer Bichard Collins on the left said she was ashamed and angered by what happened.
Jennifer Bichard Collins on the left said she was ashamed and angered by what happened.

Clean up crew tidying up the burnt out car. It was removed soon after.
Clean up crew tidying up the burnt out car. It was removed soon after.

Joao Evans, soon to be 60. She lives right next to the car that was burnt out. She told me that rioters were standing in her garden trying to break the wall to use as ammo against the police.
Joao Evans, soon to be 60. She lives right next to the car that was burnt out. She told me that rioters were standing in her garden trying to break the wall to use as ammo against the police.

Vahir Hasan is a local shop owner. His shop was broken into and over £6,000 worth of stock was stolen. A new shutter has just been installed after the previous one was ripped open. Mr Hasan told me that there was nothing he could do. He stayed to look after the store but what could he really do?
Vahir Hasan is a local shop owner. His shop was broken into and over £6,000 worth of stock was stolen. A new shutter has just been installed after the previous one was ripped open. Mr Hasan told me that there was nothing he could do. He stayed to look after the store but what could he really do?

Another street and two more burnt out cars. A woman told me that a 10 year old did this. A 10 year old set fire to this car in full view of every house in the street.
Another street and two more burnt out cars. A woman told me that a 10 year old did this. A 10 year old set fire to this car in full view of every house in the street.

A car had been broken into and burnt.
A car had been broken into and burnt.

It's hard to believe that this was a car.
It's hard to believe that this was a car.

The area around Smithdown Road is quite lovely with a strong sense of community.
The area around Smithdown Road is quite lovely with a strong sense of community.

Beth Harper, Wanda Bently, Sara Lawton and Andy Godden spent the morning cleaning up after the riots.
Beth Harper, Wanda Bently, Sara Lawton and Andy Godden spent the morning cleaning up after the riots.

A team of volunteers after spending the morning cleaning after rioting.
A team of volunteers after spending the morning cleaning after rioting.

Neighbourhoods of the future. It's good to see the neighbourhood of the present cleaning up after idiots rioted.
Neighbourhoods of the future. It's good to see the neighbourhood of the present cleaning up after idiots rioted.

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.

Nathaniel Severs

Nathaniel Severs. An ordinary looking guy who happened to walk along Thurstaston Beach from Portsmouth. He left Portsmouth on the 10th January and has walked up here by himself. He’s walking around the UK coast line. All of 7000 miles of it. Its a bit of a crazy thing to do for sure. Apparently he was a little bored so off he went. The plan is to be back home before Xmas.

He has a website and a Twitter account you can follow. I’ve uploaded a full set to Flickr where you can watch a slideshow of the event.

Swan Lake

New series this week leading up to a new stranger photo. Bit of time travel too. This photo is from January when it snowed and stayed around freezing for over a week. There was a boating lake in New Brighton that swans like to paddle in. Its gone now due to renovation in the area. All the locals will know of it as its always full of swans and seagulls patrol the area for bread. Due to the freezing conditions the lake froze over actually trapping one of the swans. The RSPB had were called and they enlisted the help of one of the diggers near by to break up the ice. It was too thick to break apart with a spade.

Coffee Union

Coffee Union

Walked past Coffee Union earlier today to find it was closed and people were removing things from it. Turns out that last night they let the staff go and the company has gone into liquidation. Horrible time for it. Fired with less than two weeks to Xmas. I’ve been going there off and on for 10 years since I was in uni. We used to go there and study. They did a great vanilla latte and a great iced one in summer. Going to be missed.