Clapham Junction is the latest part of London to see widespread rioting and looting, and reports suggest that three local gangs – normally enemies – have called a truce for the night in order to team up and cause some real mayhem.
If the claims about the gangs are correct, they show that these riots have moved far beyond the Mark Duggan incident. It’s clear that this is civil disobedience that was just bubbling under the surface, waiting to erupt.
The scenes in Clapham Junction are said to be pretty typical of the scene across London. Police are pretty much absent, their resources massively overstretched. Shop windows are being smashed in and people are making off with whatever they can get their hands on. This might be the worst night of riots yet.