Wombles Needed: How To Help With The Riot Cleanup

Image by bobaliciouslondon in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Millions of pounds-worth of damage have been inflicted on the city, with destruction and looting in all points of the compass (map). Nearly all London communities have been affected in some way. The law-abiding majority need to reclaim the streets, and that begins by tidying up. We must all become Wombles.

The tools of communication which helped the rioters organise can also be turned towards remedy. A Twitter account and website have already been set up. Follow @riotcleanup (and the #riotcleanup hashtag). The account already has over 12,000 followers and is gaining momentum. The full and developing list of cleanup sites can be found here. But, basically, if your high street’s been hit, just head out and see what you can do.

UPDATE: A new hashtag, #riotwombles, has emerged for anyone helping with cleanup.

If you have information for the police, you’re encouraged to phone the new 101 number rather than 999, unless it’s a true emergency.

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  • Servius7

    Calling all decent people to clean up?  This will give a clear message we are united and do not approve?  WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE!  YES CLEAN UP OF COURSE CLEAN UP.  BUT DO NOT IN ANY WAY THINK THAT THESE LOOTING MORONS WILL THINK TO THEMSELVES.  DUH WE HAVE BEEN VERY NAUGHTY AND SHOULD STOP IT AND SAY SORRY AND HEH MAYBE WE SHOULD PUT THE STUFF BACK.  Typical do gooders, you are the reason why these scumbag looters act this way.  They have no discipliine in their lives, they are not accountable in a way that would make them think.  There is no moral training in their lives.  CALL IN THE ARMY AND SHOOT TO MAIM, DEAD DO NOT SCREAM.  DO AS THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT DOES IN RIOT SITUATIONS; GET THE TELEPHONE COMPANIES TO SWITCH OFF THERE SIGNAL BOOSTERS SO ORGANISED TEXT MESSAGES DO NOT WORK.  CLEAN UP YES BUT YOU ALL SHOULD BE CLEANING UP THE RUBBISH IN HUMAN SOCIETY AND BURN THEM.  DECENT CITIZENS ARM YOURSELVES THEY ARE ANIMALS AND SHOULD BE TREAT LIKE ANIMALS.  AGE IS NO CONCERN TO THEM, SHOW THEM AGE IS NO CONCERN TO US.  BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT.

    But of course you will not do this, you will just stay frightened and this society will crumble.  As for me let them come and I will protect my family and my property.  And in doing so, blood will run. 

    • Tosu

      At least they’re doing something, rather than just pissing testosterone and talking big on the internet. Go and put your ‘moral training’ to good use and perform a citizen’s arrest if you’re so righteous.

      • Servius7

        I have done that many times (as a citizen and a police officer..  I was a police officer for five and a half years.  I have nearly completed a book of which will soon be published entitled ‘A Young Persons Success in Life Through Self Determination.’  This is to help young people to train themselves when their parents are inadequate as an example.  Extreme Measures for an Extreme Situation.  Nothing about being righteous and yes maybe testosterone is needed.  But one can only defend ones family and property.  However if all decent family units did this, then the police would know they are not alo

        • Evelondoner

          former police officer…. scary

    • Jerry G

      Yes your right, these scums will not not use their brains to think about anything they do but rather than protect your family you can help your neighbours, friends and other in your community to at least do something to show these “people” that we the people are not gonna let you escape the law and justice.
      I argree with you that they have to be shot or put the army in the streets but inturn that will give more reason for the family of the rioters to be angry, given them more reason to riot.Is like the treaty of Versaille.
      We, as civil people needs to end this event and other alike in a civil way, other wise we will lose our civilness.

      • Servius7

        I live in Bradford and yes if it happens here then I will as I do help my neighbours.  We will organize our own Home Guard and make it clear to the unruly that our area is a no go zone.  They will quietly before it happens know that we will react force with force and we will identify them.  Citizens arrest so they get their little hands rapped.  No they will get natural discipline of which will be effective.  Already in place.

    • http://twitter.com/carylarcher Caryl Archer

      Typical ‘us and them’ response there. You’re condoning killing. Think about that for a second. You can rationalise it any way you want, but what you’re essentially saying is that their animal behaviour gives you an excuse to act like an animal too.

      So the people that are volunteering their time and effort to help their communities in the aftermath are the cause of the riots in the first place? I think if you really believe what your saying you should go out and shoot whomever your superior ‘morality’ says you should shoot. You’re the authority on these things, after all! 

      By the way, are you even near the city right now?

      • Anonymous

        We cannot be civil to the uncivilised. I have seen the violence last night here in London, and saw how our police officers were taunted and attacked and people like you won’t give them the right to shoot at these rioters. You are the enablers, the defenders of criminality. It is a shame. I have just come back from cleaning up, but I am livid at the amount of wanton destruction I’ve seen. 

      • Jifflearse

        shoot em all stupid little sods! all you do gooders look what you have caused! they will soon stop if the police started shooting the sods! its ok for them to through bricks at police but they can’t fight back wtf! no wonder people can get away with what they want especially young kids where they get a slap on the wrist and a chance to do it again shoot em i say!

    • Hackneygirl

      they wanna get the parents of the thugs 2 clean up

    • Jakethemus2009

      Yep only a former PIG could spout this much bollocks online, whilst the behaviour of a small minority cannot be condoned, its up to the authorities and the authorities alone to sort out the situation.

      Of course if you want real mayhem then yes, lets all form our own little gangs and start killing kids?

    • Lee_chang21

      WTF…of course cleaning helps as society joins together. and all all people have hearts, rioters too. so some of them will see this and think ‘Ishouldn’t have done it’ and that is good. its not just abot about punishing, its about teaching and we are teaching them that society works better united. and what is all this sh..t about blood spreading? get a grip, they need to be prosecuted not killed. wee need to understand what drove them to do it and try to help the same way they need to understand that what they did is wrong. education is the key, not agression.

  • Servius7

    I have just come from the City this morning.  What do you suggest we do?  Have a meeting.  Tell this to the shop owners who have lost their livelyhood.  Tell this to the families who are homeless.  In countries where serious punishment is met out i.e. Saudi (and yes I have work and lived there); the shops have no alarms or shutters.  You are an example of why this society is crumbling.  I accept the responsibility of my words.  Have you ever seem an innocent person burnt to death.  The do gooders say the death sentence does not stop Murder, but heh it stops that particular Murderer or Looter from murdering and looting again.  These scumbags no matter what their age need to see we as a society will take measures that ensure our future security and safety (no of them) but us.  And yes I accept that I am included in the responsibility of what is happening.  I too am part of this society that has not pressured the government to bring in harsh laws for harsh crimes.  But now I will pressure and I will encourage others to do so.

    What are you doing apart from insulting?

    • Dave H

      I always find it amusing when people use the term “do gooder” as an insult. It takes a special type of mental feebleness to consider doing good as something worth denigrating.

    • Jakethemus

      Forgive me, I didn’t realise that you were a comdian.

      I thought that in British law there was a clear distinction between murder and looting, then again I could be wrong.

      However, not sure the country is quite ready to become a sovereign Arab Islamic state ! 

  • Lemonpie101

    Its our local friends and family how had their lives destroyed by thugs, at least we can do is help clear the mess, its not like the government are going to help. and last night there was more local people out protecting  our local shops etc then there was police, in Bethnal Green (just below hackney, there was no police at all) fair enough its was bad here, but that’ll be because the men were out in force and didn’t let it get out of hand. they did more than any of the police on Sky/BBC news. 

    If you wasn’t here then how can you say what happened?

    Why wasn’t the government having their meeting last night? or two days ago?  

    Oh and no one got hurt here/nothing got smashed or burnt, I think its because those thugs saw we were united against them.

  • Mickey

    How can you say that these people deserve to be killed? Do you value human life that little? You don’t make me angry, you make me feel sorry for you.

  • Atthecircus2000

    Follow @RiotWombles on Twitter to help with the #riotcleanup #riotwombles

  • Isa

    I think you are forgetting that the majority of the rioters are children. Killing isn’t an option, regardless of how much testosterone is fueling you…

    • Anonymous

      If you behave in a criminal manner, you deserve to be punished like an adult. We should really ask why their parents don’t impose a curfew on their miscreant “children” – no decent parent lets their underage child out until 2am. 

    • Jifflearse

      why not!!! shoot em!!! little sods they can do what they like to other people but you can’t do nothing cos there kids what aload of crap! people like you make me sick

  • http://twitter.com/isoworg Will

    In the last 2 hours, @riotcleanup:twitter have gone from 12k to 34.5k followers. Let’s get it to 7.5 million.

  • Attiq

    The looters must be brought to justice and given the degree of their involvement be removed from society for years. Let them rot in prison till they’re too frail to lift another bat through a window!

  • Georgejanine

    this country is a joke why does it take nearly a week before the police seem to get a hold, why in northen ireland can they use water cannon but not on the mainland, why are the leaders of this country on holiday at the same time when even where i work we cant take leave all at once.
    the have put 16,000 officer on the streets of london four day to late so if they the people in power cant deal with this then they should step down.