Clapham Junction Riots

Monday 8th of August 2011 will be the day all local residents remember wanton violence coming to our much loved streets. Worst hit was the Clapham Junction area around Lavender Hill caught in its early throes in the below video.

Of course, the most familiar image to us all is now the gutted Party Superstore – which Love Clapham has frequented for many a fancy dress party – ablaze.

Other shops were smashed, looted and destroyed in a disgusting abuse of our local area. Clapham High Street was largely unaffected, although Blockbuster near Clapham North has had its windows smashed, and property destroyed and stolen. Love Clapham witnessed a gang of 20 or so hooded youths lurking behind KFC at around 11pm – they may have been entirely innocent, but last night was not the night to be hanging around in gangs.

Riot police eventually turn up en masse captured in this resident’s video:

No one involved had any intentions of delivering a political of social message, they just wanted to enjoy themselves by destroying people’s livelihoods. It was disturbing to watch on television, and terrifying for some of our residents stuck in the thick of the violence. Personally, the worst image for me was that of the young girls in the attack laughing at their friends tearing a TV off the wall in Ladbrokes. Such a depressingly pathetic display of ignorance and stupidity.

But the local community has come together in a tear jerking response as residents supported those affected today with broom in hand to clean up. Something to be proud of. Take care Clappers.

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9 thoughts on “Clapham Junction Riots

  1. Watching from the other side of the World it is very distressing seeing these images. I lived in Clapham for a year and love the area. Fantastic to see the Broom Brigade volunteers you should be proud of yourselves. I have no doubt Clapham will once again be the Vibrant great place it was!

  2. This is terrible. It makes me so sad. I grew up in this area and I have never seen anything like it before. Let’s hope it stops soon.

  3. so ashamed of the destruction and the shame they have put on this country – they will rot in hell for what they have done.

  4. The irony is that the owner of the much-loved Party Superstore also runs a charity for street kids. He gives all of his time to helping vulnerable children in need, yet his business was destroyed by kids in a supposed redistribution of wealth. Join the Facebook page to support Duncan and his charity and share your memories of nights out courtesy of his fancy dress shop!

  5. Well well well… I live 100 yards of all of that.
    I think it is a bit time not to justify but to look for explanation (and apparently that’s what an independent insepctor is looking at now).
    Amongst that you might wonder why no firemen came. Why the riot police arrived at half past midnight when all was finished for hours…



    6th Hour Productions is looking for community members or groups who have been directly or indirectly affected by the riots in Clapham Junction to join our workshop “The Headlines of the Future”. Participants will jointly elaborate on visions for the future of Clapham Junction, which will then be edited into a newspaper.

    The project hopes to employ Art and creative thinking to facilitate a reflection on the recent events:

    – Discussing what has happened in the light of the multiple experiences

    – Helping participants formulate and express thoughts and demands

    – Amplifying moments of exchange between members of the group

    – Employing creative thinking into picturing a future society

    The workshop will happen in two sessions in October. If you are interested in taking part, please contact us at: (RSVP required – limited seats)

    Dates: 7th and 14th/October, 6:30-9:00PM

    Location: BAC, Battersea Arts Centre

    Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

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