London riots: the aftermath in Woolwich

PUBLISHED: 14:48 09 August 2011 | UPDATED: 12:23 27 April 2015

A police car was still smouldering today in Woolwich near the DLR station after being set alight last night

A police car was still smouldering today in Woolwich near the DLR station after being set alight last night


Woolwich High Street was expected to stay closed for the rest of the day as firefighters were still damping down the Blue Inc store.

Shopkeepers are counting the cost of last night’s damage to their businesses after a 200-strong crowd surged on to the streets of Woolwich and buildings were set on fire.

Firefighters are today damping down the Great Harry pub, in Wellington Street, which was set of fire by yobs along with a police car. It is feared that the pub is now structurally unsafe and will have to be demolished.

Overnight 20 firefighters dealt with a fire at a the Blue Inc clothes shop on Wellington Street which has flats above. It is still smouldering. At one point with the whole of the ground floor was alight.

Rioters tore down the window of Charles Dance Jewellers in Hare Street with their bare hands in a bid to snatch goods. Blood now splatters the street outside. Owner Dipesh Bhura,31, said about £60,000 of goods were missing.

There were rumours on Twitter yesterday afternoon that the riots which started in Hackney, would soon be mirrored in Woolwich.

When the police were asked how they were dealing with the situation, a Greenwich police spokesman referred the Times to the central press team but they were not available to answer our calls.

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