Hackney town hall evacuated
Tuesday 09 August 2011
A town hall has been evacuated and closed amid fears of riot attacks.
Around 20 police officers stood guard around the entrance to Hackney town hall, on Mare Street, in east London.
Most shops on the road were closed.
Many of those that remained open, towards Bethnal Green, pulled shutters down as far as possible without obstructing the door.
The area, near Hackney Central station, was one of the worst hit in yesterday's riots.
Shops were also closed, with shutters down, on nearby Well Street.
Felicity J Lord estate agents on Mare Street remained open despite having a smashed glass door.
A Burberry outlet store in nearby Chatham Place was closed with its shutters down.
A large Tesco Metro supermarket, just off Mare Street, usually a hive of activity, was closed and its car park mostly empty.
Among the shops closed were two Iceland supermarkets, Primark, JD Sports and Marks and Spencer.
A Ladbrokes bookmaker and an optician's, both hit by looters yesterday, had their windows boarded up.
There was a large police presence on Mare Street, north of Hackney Central station.
Around 10 officers stood at the junction between the street and Clarence Road, where a car was set on fire and riot police were pelted with glass bottles yesterday.
Around four officers patrolled Clarence Road.
James Davies, 36, a shopkeeper at C&C decor on Mare Street said he would shut his store down within the next half an hour as he had heard rumours from staff that there will be more riots this evening.
"Our Saturday boy, who's 17, lives up by Clarence Road and said he's hearing on BlackBerry Messenger that there will be trouble tonight and he was pretty accurate yesterday," he said.
The DIY store is next to a large bus depot.
"Some of the bus drivers we know have been coming in saying that it's going to happen again tonight," said Mr Davies.
General Election 2015: Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind as he casts a line to the disaffected of Grimsby
Oxygen-starved 'dead zones' with no marine life up to 100-miles long discovered in the Atlantic Ocean
The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
Indonesia executions: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford will refuse to wear a blindfold when she faces firing squad
Russian warships accused of 'chasing away' Swedish vessel to prevent Baltic States from achieving energy independence
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 4 The top 50 cities for young people to live in