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London riots: Bromley community helps businesses

Paul Polyviou, owner of Paul's Hairdressing

Paul Polyviou, owner of Paul's Hairdressing

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The businesses smashed up by looters during the unrest say the community has rallied around them in support.

Richer Sounds electronic store in Bromley’s East Street was gutted of stock on Monday night after dozens of youths targeted stores in Bromley North.

Sales advisor Daley Harrison said business is not quite back to normal but they are taking orders and waiting to see what happens over the next few days.

She said: “We are trying to clear up the mess and we don’t have any stock but we are trading. It’s important to us to reassure customers.

“Everybody is helping us. It has been like a little community.”

Asked what their plans are for the next few days Ms Harrison said: “It depends to some degree on how much things calm down. We are hoping it will all be back to normal within a week.”

Hundreds of people have been arrested across the capital since Saturday’s peaceful protest in Tottenham turned violent.

Rumours were still circulating on Twitter last night of potential trouble in Bromley, Chislehurst, Beckenham and Petts Wood but all was quiet on Tuesday night.

However BNP Leader Nick Griffin tweeted that there was unrest in Petts Wood.

He wrote: “Shops were smashed last night in posh Petts Wood, in the borough of Bromley.”

But the Times could find no truth to his statement.

Paul Polyviou, owner of Paul’s Hairdressing in East Street, also smashed and looted on Monday night, said: “We are still trading. My neighbour shops have been helping out and so have clients.

“We have re-glazed the shop but we are removing all the stock each night as a precaution.”

Bromley borough commander Charles Griggs wrote to Bromley Community Engagement Forum.

He said: “I was personally appalled and disgusted by the level of violence and sheer lawlessness that I saw on our streets.

“Officers have shown bravery and courage protecting our borough from these mindless thieving thugs.

“Whilst we have been unable to protect everywhere on the borough, we will not give up the streets.”


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