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‘Brixton is bruised but it is not broken’

BRUISED: Brixton High Road

A SOUTH London councillor has encouraged her constituency to remain positive in the wake of riots that brought Brixton to a standstill yesterday (Aug 8).

Lambeth Councillor Rachel Heywood, ward of Coldharbour, chaired a meeting at the town hall urging locals and business owners to work together to restore the south London borough after yobs burned and looted shops along Brixton High Road.

“Brixton is bruised but it is not broken,” the Labour councillor told The Voice.

“We are looking to see if there are any special funds or resources that they can apply to that will enable them to reopen as fast as possible and to restock where necessary and I think what we need to do is to encourage people to support Brixton, support businesses in Brixton by buying from here,” she added.

The riot, which follows similar disturbances up and down the country, was sparked after a peaceful march in north London protesting the death of a 29-year-old man gunned down by police last week (Aug 4), turned nasty.

Police cars and local shops were burned down after a peaceful protest calling for answers into the killing of Mr Duggan, were not forthcoming.

Heywood has condemned similar riots around the UK, deemed ‘copy cat’ protests by the police, as nothing short of “criminality”

“There was a woman on the bus today who was talking about the facts that she had [looted] something from H&M last night and that she was going back to get some more tonight (Aug 8).

“People are exhibiting really brazen behaviour and we will be really, really tough on people who have done that” she continued.

“It destroys, it makes people frightened and it destroys businesses. It destroys the reputation of the town, which we have worked really hard to build and we can’t put up with that”

It has been reported that 450 people have been arrested in connection with the riots.

The cost of the disturbance in Brixton could run into the millions, but it is thought that insurance companies might not cough up as the incident has not been dubbed a ‘riot’.

Heywood explained: “It’s a disturbance, not a riot and until the government calls it so the insurance companies will not pay.”

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