Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Video shows white men running to confront rioters in Enfield chanting “England”.
There has been a brief but worrying flashpoint in north Enfield – Hertford Road – with apparent attempts at vigilantism, reports Paul Lewis.
It was only a minor skirmish, but a potentially bad sign for community relations. Police, who have flooded the streets, were quickly on the scene when about 70 men
started chasing local youths.
I wouldn’t mention their ethnicity, but it seemed to be relevant. The men were white – in their 30s and 40s – and shouting that they wanted to get the “blacks” and “pakis”. Lots of them seemed drunk. One man being held back by police shouted: “They’re rats, they mugged my Auntie the other night.”
Jay Bradley, 30, a witness, told me: “What happened here? What I just saw – everyone from this area aren’t gonna have any looting.
What I saw was a couple of ethnic lads, if you can call them that, black lads, and they chased them away.
A lot of it is alcohol – I don’t think the kids were doing anything. They were just on bikes and in masks.
But no-one around here is going to stand for any looting. What are we supposed to do. The Co-op is closed and we’re running out of food.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm