London riots reach East Ham (pictures)

There were serious disturbances on the East Ham highstreet North last night. The rioters reached the area in the afternoon and continued looting smaller retail shops, breaking into banks/supermarkets and then escaping easily.

The police was quite late to reach the area (probably because they were busy elsewhere) but were literally everywhere in East Ham until early this morning – I could not sleep last night for continuous sirens of police vans, ambulances and fire brigade. Later, when I left for work this morning they were policing the streets ensuring everyone reaches safe to nearby bus stops or the stations.

The rioters break in Barclays Bank on East Ham highstreet North and looted the local Western Union outlets as well in addition to several smaller retailers, primarily South Asian businesses. Other than these; Argos, Tesco, Primark and Pawnbroker Jewellers were the worst hit where the broke in and looted goods.

I just visited the high-street and its completely deserted – I have never seen it like this even in very early hours of the morning. Courtesy the late shopping habits of South Asians, this is one of the most lively and busy high-streets but I could only find a few small-scale retail shops still open for business while others were completely shut down. Some even made special arrangement like make-shift shutters and thick-wooden-boards to try to avoid further attacks.

According to latest reports, London’s jails are at maximum capacity and the Met will start shifting new arrestees to jails in Surrey.

London Riots 2011: Pictures from East Ham highstreet North

Barclays Bank, East Ham highstreet North (London Riots 2011)

Barclays Bank, East Ham highstreet North (London Riots 2011)

Finally, Police get hold of a rioter on the East Ham highstreet North

Finally, Police get hold of a rioter on the East Ham highstreet North

Finally, Police get hold of a rioter on the East Ham highstreet North

Finally, Police get hold of a rioter on the East Ham highstreet North

The rioters looted Tesco on East Ham highstreet North; its closed today.

The rioters looted Tesco on East Ham highstreet North; its closed today.

Argos on East Ham highstreet North, where the rioters looted goods last night and escaped loading their trucks.

Argos on East Ham highstreet North, where the rioters looted goods last night and escaped loading their trucks.

The rioters attempted to break into Douglas Allen Estate Agent on East Ham highstreet North (London Riots 2011)

The rioters attempted to break into Douglas Allen Estate Agent on East Ham highstreet North (London Riots 2011)

Last night, rioters broke in Primark on East Ham highstreet North and looted clothing before escaping - its closed today. (London Riots 2011)

Last night, rioters broke in Primark on East Ham highstreet North and looted clothing before escaping - its closed today. (London Riots 2011)

On East Ham highstreet North, the rioters tried to bring down traffic signals. (London Riots 2011)

On East Ham highstreet North, the rioters tried to bring down traffic signals. (London Riots 2011)

Quite an unusual sign but one can see similar signs on majority of shops on East Ham Highstreet North because of the London Riots 2011; majority of shops have been closed down.

Quite an unusual sign but one can see similar signs on majority of shops on East Ham Highstreet North because of the London Riots 2011; majority of shops have been closed down.

London Riots 2011: Deserted highstreet North in East Ham - a very very unusual view.

London Riots 2011: Deserted highstreet North in East Ham - a very very unusual view.

SAM99 and Currys Digital closed down fearing looting, following the looting of East Ham Highstreet North last night. (London Riots 2011)

SAM99 and Currys Digital closed down fearing looting, following the looting of East Ham Highstreet North last night. (London Riots 2011)

The rioters break into Barclays Bank on East Ham highstreet North in London.

The rioters break into Barclays Bank on East Ham highstreet North in London.

Barclays Bank on East Ham highstreet North, which the rioters break into yesterday, is shut down today.

Barclays Bank on East Ham highstreet North, which the rioters break into yesterday, is shut down today.

LIDL closed down on East Ham highstreet North following London Riots 2011.

LIDL closed down on East Ham highstreet North following London Riots 2011.

London Riots 2011: Pictures from Oxford Street

Police vans on the Oxford Street today patrolling the Central London after riots broke out in town.

Police vans on the Oxford Street today patrolling the Central London after riots broke out in town.

The busiest street in the UK, Oxford Street looked quite unusual today with several shops closed down.

The busiest street in the UK, Oxford Street looked quite unusual today with several shops closed down.

London Riots 2011: Oxford Street Patrolling

London Riots 2011: Oxford Street Patrolling

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