There’s a huge fire in Croydon tonight. It’s not clear what building is ablaze, but here’s a picture showing something huge and orange going up in flames. The situation in Croydon seems to have deteriorated quite rapidly over the past half hour. I just saw a lot of police vans with sirens screaming, heading in that direction.
Edit: The building in Croydon is at Reeves Corner, something of an icon in the area.
Meanwhile, following reports of violence in Birmingham, there are now reports of tense scenes in Leeds. Up to 100 youths are said to be gathered in the city centre and Chapeltown areas and, although there’s no major violence so far, there is a tense atmosphere. There were unconfirmed reports of gunfire earlier, but overall the situation is said to be quite calm at the moment. Still, worrying times.
The situation in Leeds is believed to have occurred after a man was shot in the face. I want to stress that this isn’t confirmed. There’s no information about whether the man is alive or dead, or even if the incident happened at all. Things are changing so fast that all we can do is report plausible rumours and urge caution.