These riots were pre-planned in London. People posing as "journalists" hired teens to do the damage and set fires. The thing is, this is coming to the USA--these big "flash mobs" will get stronger and stronger. And the police will stand by and watch business after business be destroyed.
Time to move out of the cities!
London riots were orchestrated by outsiders
The orchestration of the London riots can be revealed following analysis of court data.
By Andrew Gilligan
9:45AM BST 21 Aug 2011
Almost none of those charged with rioting in Ealing, Clapham Junction, Enfield and other places comes from the immediate area, the data shows.
Home addresses given by defendants paint a chilling picture of rioters converging simultaneously on these districts from all points of the compass and often from great distances.
Some appear to have travelled from as far as Tilbury, Maidstone and Winchester to take part.
Of 26 people charged over the Ealing riot, only three come from Ealing itself and a further four from other parts of the borough, Greenford, Acton and Perivale.
The remaining 19 come from further afield including Kilburn, North Kensington, Roehampton, Fulham, Ruislip and Pinner and South Norwood, whichis fifteen miles away, .
Of 19 charged over the Enfield riot, only three come from the town itself.
The rest converged on Enfield from across north and east London, including Ilford, Beckton, Leytonstone, Hackney, Tottenham, Walthamstow and Muswell Hill.
Two of the defendants give home addresses in Ashford, Middlesex, around 30 miles from Enfield.
Two-thirds of accused rioters in Islington come from outside the area, including a pair who appear to have travelled from Thurrock, in Essex, two from Tottenham and one from Edgware.
But other riots also appear to have a much higher proportion of local suspects. All those charged in respect of the Holloway riot are local.
Eighteen of 24 people charged in connection with the Brixton riots are from the immediate area.
There are also substantial numbers of local suspects in the Hackney riot.
Twenty of 37 charged are from Hackney itself and a further seven from nearby, though alleged rioters also give addresses from as far as Waltham Abbey and Notting Hill.
The difference between two riots taking place more or less at the same time and only a mile away from each other offers some intriguing potential insights into how the disorder came about. In Woolwich, almost all those accused are local.
Extensive damage was caused to the town, with a pub burnt out, but high-value goods were not a special target.
In Charlton, only a mile down the road, a retail park was targeted and high-value goods worth hundreds of thousands of pounds were stolen.
However, only one of those charged comes from the area or even the local borough. The others are from a much wider swathe of south-east London and as far afield as Orpington, Kent, the court data shows.
The data needs to be treated with caution, since it only covers about half those charged in London. Others have yet to appear in court or have appeared in courts which did not release full records to *The Sunday Telegraph*.
However, it suggests that there appeared to be two kinds of riots. The first was heavily orchestrated, either by professional criminals seeking high-value goods or by gangs or more disparate groups of young people through means such as BlackBerry Messenger, with rioters travelling long distances at short notice to take part. Some local opportunists then joined in.
The second was less orchestrated, though there may still be an element of orchestration, with more local, opportunist and "copycat" rioters.
Our figures may also understate the extent of the orchestration since those charged to date are more likely to be "second-wave" rioters – those too slow to avoid getting caught – rather than initiators.
Croydon, which has seen the most serious damage to property and the highest numbers of charges, appears to be a special case with a mixture of both young local suspects and older people who have converged from long distances, including two from Maidstone, Kent and Cliffe, near Rochester, caught separately going equipped to steal.
The town also offers the clearest evidence of orchestration. The acting borough police commander, Detective Superintendent Jo Oakley, said that "some [rioters] were minibused in".
The local MP, Gavin Barwell, said: "I have spoken to well into double figures of people who saw people with walkie-talkies and radios directing people around."
Witnesses to the Croydon riot supported these accounts.
Saber Ahmadi, 26, working at Pizza GoGo in London Road on the night of the riots, described the looting as a highly organised operation.
"A white van came down Hathaway Road and parked on the corner," he said. "Ten people came out of the van. They had hammers, crow bars and wire cutters. Two or three cars also turned up."
Mr Ahmadi said: "There were a lot of teenagers, maybe 14, 15, 16 years old. But they had a leader who was telling them [what] to take."
He said the ring leader was "a massive guy" who was driving the van.
Other witnesses described "two or three co-ordinators" who were standing in the middle of the street dictating which shops the looters should hit. From about 7.30pm until 1am, Dr Kannappar Jeyanthan stood outside his friend's grocery shop as about 300 looters went on the rampage on London Road.
"People came with cars and parked on the side streets," he said. "Then in amongst the crowds you could see a couple of people organising it, instructing people which shops to do. Everything was pre-planned."
Mahbub Bhatti, vice president of the local residents' association, said: "People came in with vans, loaded them up and drove off. They would be back again within half an hour for more."
Peter Truman, a local journalist, said: "I certainly saw older kids directing younger kids. There were a load of kids on their phones taking directions."
A council spokesman said that an apparently orchestrated attempt to attack shops in Croydon the previous night, Sunday, had been foiled by police.
"A convoy of about seven cars came in, with about 30 people," he said. "The police managed to repel that quite successfully and made a number of arrests then."
The local council leader, Mike Fisher, said he believed that perhaps the single most significant fire in London, which destroyed the historic Reeves furniture store, was started as a diversion to give looters time to raid their main targets.
There is also a very strong correlation between the home addresses of those charged and areas of known gang activity.
Across London, The Sunday Telegraph has established, about three-quarters of the accused live in such areas and police have said that at least a quarter of those charged have known gang links.
Croydon has a serious gang problem, with three main rival youth gangs, Don't Say Nothing (DSN), Gipset and Shine My Nine (SMN), claiming different parts of the borough.
They are multiracial but mainly black. Last year, dozens of rival gang members fought openly in North End, the town's main pedestrianised shopping street, in the middle of the afternoon.
Spifftv.com, a website used by gang members to post video and boast of their activities, is currently carrying clips of the hijacking of a motorcyclist in the Croydon riots and older footage of gang members attacking, stripping and humiliating rivals.
BlackBerry messages intercepted by police show that many gangs declared a truce during the period of the riots, allowing rivals to circulate freely in each other's areas.
Jay, one Thornton Heath man and SMN gang member who claimed to have taken part in the Croydon riot, told The Sunday Telegraph: "It was like a holiday. We could go in the town centre [normally claimed by the rival DSN gang] without anyone attacking us."
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