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Manchester Attacked: 9 August Riot Pictures And Documentary

The day and night of destruction in the city centre

Written by . Published on August 9th 2011.


Manchester Attacked: 9 August Riot Pictures And Documentary

UPDATE Wednesday 10 August
 
There was a police and council update meeting this morning at 8am. 
The attitude of all present was stern, concerned and still proud of their city. 
Councillor Pat Karney said: "It is business as usual. As I came to the meeting this morning thousands of Mancunians were coming to work, going about their business, tidying their premises. What we don't want to happen is for people to lose their jobs over this, every job is important. The city will fight back against these thugs."
He appealed to parents to make sure they know where their kids are at all times. He also said he'd be seeking a meeting with the Prime Minister to talk about financial settlements for businesses that were attacked if insurance companies wormed out of paying for repairs and loss of stock and profits.
We asked Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan a question too. One many in Manchester and across the UK are asking.
"Why didn't you go in hard and break some heads? Many people in Manchester are wondering why you just seemed to stand off the thugs who were smashing the city."
"Breaking heads is not how we police," said Shewin. "It's not how we've been policing for many years. We kept to the powers we had. And if we had resorted to violence then we would have lowered ourselves to their level and maybe made the problem worse."
That answer won't satisfy many in Manchester. 
Shewin claimed that over the course of the evening and night in the city centre there had been as many as 800 officers on duty.
At present there have been 113 arrests and many more are expected through the day. Most of these are for criminal damage while some were for public order offences.
Around 100 properties across Manchester and Salford have been seriously damaged. 
The Assistant Chief Constable said there would be more officers on the streets tonight than last night just in case.


UPDATE: 00.30
 
Quiet now. For now.

 
UPDATE: 22:34

 
There are cars with lads in - it seems to us - trying to control all this. They are on phones, calling people all the time.
We have the moon, the Town Hall and a helicopter for company.
What will the parents say to the youths who come back from town with clothes, food and drink that aren't theirs? Nothing probably.

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Helicopter, moon And Town Hall clock 

UPDATE 22.00
 
So one of our writers saw about twenty lads breaking into High and Mighty. They'd failed to get into Bang and Olufsson. 
There was a big lad - the boss - of about thirty five years old sat laughing against a lamppost.
"Look lads, he's taking pictures, sort the fucker."
Our man was surrounded by fourteen lads.
"Give us your camera, you twat," they said.
"I couldn't believe that lads as good looking and slim as you were breaking into High and Mighty" our correspondent said.
Pause.
Laughter. 
Just for once, humour wins on a night without it.

 
UPDATE: 21.50
 
Is this now getting worse? People are dragging off fences from Albert Square for no discernible reason.
This is the Gordon Riots again - look it up.
There's a PHD in anthropology in this for someone.
Wandering down Booth Street, trying to get home, with a laptop in bag seven people came up to three of us. 
"We're going to have to fight this lot," we thought and said.
But they changed their minds and turned away.
"Want some Pimms lads?" they said.
"Had loads already," we joshed.
There was a girl at the back. 
"Does she look like a thief?" the last lad in the group said.
"You don't," we said. "You really don't."
"I'm not," she said almost sadly. "I want to go home I'm sick of all the trouble now."
There's a man running down Kennedy Street with two magnums of champagne. He just smashed one against the wall, wasted it.

 
UPDATE 21.05
 
It's scary as hell out there in Piccadilly. People raiding the amusement arcade, the change being thrown at the crowd of about 300 people.
Our correspondent nearly gets beaten up for taking the most recent pictures at the bottom of the gallery here.
Shouts of '5-0' and 'Dibble' as the Police make cautious appearances.
Tesco smashed into and raided. Crisps broken open and handed to the mob.

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UPDATE 20.45
 
More extraordinary pictures on Manchester Confidential, check these out.
Fewer and fewer rioters around. Maybe they've got what they want.
Albert Square and Cross Street quiet. What will the night bring?
Confidential sending out people into the Northern Quarter and Piccadilly. 
The city centre is a tip.
"Best night of my life this," says one lad of fifteen as he walks past. Measurements of what's good and what isn't is warped.
One shop on Deansgate defended by man with a bat.


UPDATE: 20.10

Police on Cross Street/King Street shouting: "Go home, go home, get out of the city." And the kids just laughed. 

Here are some more pics - including ones of girls taking the jeans from a mannequin in Diesel on Cross Street.

It's all so bloody aimless and silly now there's almost something to say. 

UPDATE: 19.55

It's like kids are in the ultimate disco here, it's a massive distortion of what's normal into something utterly different.

A kid passed by in Albert Square after a crowd surge and was pouring out wine from a bottle and putting petrol in. Things seem to be escalating.

This is recreational violence. Here are some more pictures.

There's a preacher telling the police they're going to die on Market Street.

Police charges everywhere. But are there enough police about? 

Manchester's in trouble.

UPDATE: 19.30

Quote: "So we're going to do TK-Maxx first then?"

Fire vans every where.

At Ugg, older black man  in his late twenties sent two young white lads aged fifteen, into the store, saw people filming him and got them out.

It's a multi-racial riot this. Every colour and creed. Mostly white lads. 

Fires In SalfordFires In Salford

UPDATE: 19.19 

Fire in Miss Selfridge on Market Street.

The kids are clearly finding this tremendous fun. They seem to have no care for the fact they are hurting themselves and their families and their futures.

They have dressed in their best uniforms for the 'fun'. 

Tesco in Market Street seems in trouble.

You can cut the atmosphere with a knife.

Reiss cleaned out.

UPDATE 19.02:

The Ugg store on New Cathedral Street has been completely looted. 

Marks and Spencer have put trolleys against the door to prevent looters getting in.

Selfridges has been attacked. 

There are problems on Market Street  but the riot police have cordoned it off. 

The Northern Quarter may have some problems.

All the shops and restaurants in town are closed except one.

Gordo, Sleuth and Grimsey are sat in it, prior to another sortie on to the streets. 

UPDATE 18.48:

Sadly it seems the rumours are becoming reality. 

A brief walk around the city centre revealed gangs of youths and men from age 12 up into their thirties congregating at key junctions.

It appeared they were waiting for a critical mass of their fellows to join them. On Exchange Street that critical mass was reached and a mob broke away and ran into St Ann's Square.

They were pursued by police, a sergeant barking, "In line, keep the line."

Round at the junction of St Ann's Street and Deansgate the windows of Patisserie Valerie had been smashed.

The mob had headed down towards Spinningfields. 

The worrying thing is that behind the police line scores of lads were gathering again. 

They could be heard saying, "Have you got him on his BBM?"

There seemed about two girls for every twenty or so males.

It looks like it's going to be a long night.

Police On Guard Outside Asda, HulmePolice On Guard Outside Asda, Hulme

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That rumour mill eh?

Every hour rumours about potential riots in the city centre are being circulated.

'Only idiots destroy their own city.'

These are having an effect.

Major developers in the city centre have started to batten down the hatches, going so far as to offer 'boarding' for businesses.

Pizza Express has closed early, as have other city centre retailers; some pubs and bars are closing too. The phone shops are shuttered.

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Many other businesses are staying open at present but who knows how the contagion of fear will spread? It's like a B-movie: 'Attack Of The Masked Teenagers'.

What is certain is this.

Apart from Pizza Express, where a member of staff in one of the city centre branches stated, "We're closing early under police advice", no other businesses have received this advice.

Instead, Greater Manchester Police has been absolutely clear.

This from GMP's Twitter feed (click here): 'Lots of rumours about businesses being advised to close by GMP. This is not true. No businesses (have been) told to close'.

This from the Assistant Chief Constable, Terry Sweeney, who said: "I want to reassure the public of Greater Manchester that there have been no disturbances or incidents of disorder or rioting here since trouble flared in London over the weekend. We are monitoring the situation extremely closely and are prepared to deal with any situations that may arise.

"We are working closely with community leaders to stand up for calm and together we can maintain trouble free streets.

"I want the public to continue to support the police and their communities and want to stress that speculative gossip and reporting is unhelpful and unwelcome."

The last sentence is interesting.

Because gossip seems the big issue here.

Gossip about what is in effect a shop-lifting flashmob attacking the city centre.

Let's be clear that any anticipated trouble will not be driven by ideology or politics but by teenage boys with no brains, wearing 'issues' of social deprivation, policing or race as an excuse for a scrap and vandalism.

The irony is that we have a commemoration of the Peterloo Massacre taking place this weekend. In August 1819, thousands of people gathered in Manchester to protest against a lack of representation. Fifteen of them died, but there was no looting. This was political, a protest by common people hoping to gain the vote.

The trouble flaring in Britain today is about gaining brands: Nike, iPad and so on.

If Manchester should be attacked, let's hope Greater Manchester Police is firm and positive in its response.

Let's hope the force leads the action not follows it, although it is under acute pressure itself from the recent cuts in its budget and workforce. But that shouldn't be an excuse for not taking the fight to rioting youths.

Meanwhile let's remember that teenagers and young adults across the country involved in this are a minority of a minority of a minority.

A fourteen-year-old child of a Manchester Confidential member of staff forwarded messages from his BBM on his Blackberry.

'Only idiots destroy their own city.'

'If you think you're hard join the army and fight in Afghanistan.'

'I'm not going to be part of this, fighting and hurting over trainers.'

He said: "The messages have all been about standing up to the rioters and not getting involved in this."

That's welcome.

That proves as stated above that this is all about a minority of a minority of a minority. And that not all young people are bad - a point that can easily get lost amid footage of burning buildings and smashed windows.

Still, our fourteen-year-old might be representative of teenagers, but he's not all of them. Others will have different agendas.

Another story on BBM is that there's a way to adapt your Blackberry so the police can't close down the messaging service.

Best thing might be to keep the British stiff upper lip and not let the little sods grind you down.

The police and the council are still maintaining that they are not aware of any planned disturbances. Some businesses are deciding to be cautious under their own steam.

That rumour mill eh?

You can follow Jonathan Schofield on Twitter here @JonathSchofield

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215 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

It says on Facebook that Sainsburys and MacDonalds on Regent road are on fire. Is this true?

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Mr R MillAugust 9th 2011.

Oh you silly Anon, read the article

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

McDonalds- sodding auto correct!

NonAugust 9th 2011.

For pity's sake Anonymous, did you even read the article? Leave the gossip out.

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

How is people sharing information about areas to avoid unhelpful?

NonAugust 9th 2011.

Sharing FALSE information doesn't help anybody and just makes people scared for no reason.

Ben AmponsahAugust 9th 2011.

Absolutely not true-they've just been phoned by a Radio DJ and no truth in this one at all

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TutzAugust 9th 2011.

Thanks for clearing that up Ben! :-)

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Artist's recreation of Northern Quarter riots in Manchester: http://bit.ly/o9f9kA

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

When has Manchester ever had to follow suit with the capital??... Never is the answer! Keep Manchester tidy kids!! ;))

SquirrelitoAugust 9th 2011.

According to the Salford Star, there's supposed to be a high police presence around the Bingo and the Broadwalk due to "riot fears", most likely the pissheads who sit outside the old library just got banned from Bargain Booze

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

I thought the police had "control" at salford precinct it's been stated that a "stand off has been met

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

is it true than the arndale is on fire?

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Andy LoynesAugust 9th 2011.

No.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

OLD TRAFFORD IS ON FIRE!!!!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

I just saw wayne rooney coming out of the arndale, holding a tv.....he was on FIRE!!!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

the tram is on fire!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Isn't there always a high Police presence in Salford?? :))

It will be cool if Manchester doesn't get involved. It was refreshing watching the news and not seeing Manchester's name on the map of incidents last night, whereas Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool couldn't help themselves. I'm not holding my breath that nothing happens in town however I know in the past (10-20 years ago) Manchester would have been a likely city to see replica incidents to London - it just shows that we have positively progressed although like I say I'm not holding my breath.

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Just as I read this Manchester was mentioned on Sky News, plus Salford Precinct have people there atm who say they are protesting, which will most likely lead to rioting later, as it is salford! So guess our city has progressed much ey?

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

& like i said rioting has started, the first place they targeted bargain booze! Classic.

Andy LoynesAugust 9th 2011.

GMP posts explicit info on Twitter denying incidents and yet still they have to deal with tweets saying the end of the world is nigh. Do people have nowt better to do than spread false gossip?

Andy LoynesAugust 9th 2011.

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

shit.com

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

wankers,,, all complaining about lifes shit, country is fck up, we have no money or benifets,,, so yeah great Idea going to wreck the greatest city!! nice one!! WANKERS

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the Whalley RangerAugust 9th 2011.

should Stagecoach continue to milk their costumers I might consider hiting the streets, too. Rip off Britain.

Mr R MillAugust 9th 2011.

Nice to have those Blackberry comments from the lad

Peter AlmerAugust 9th 2011.

Tis time to run amok against youth. National Service any one....or at least a rigorous outward bound course.

Jill RhodesAugust 9th 2011.

Apparently Genghis Kahn and his Mongol hordes are right now in John Lewis in Handforth Dean targeting pink iPods for the girls back home in the Yurts making horse milk yoghurt.

Matt HaighAugust 9th 2011.

Teenage boys with no brains? No girls involved in any of these riots then?

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

It doesn't look like it.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Disgusting behaviour, youths are getting a bad name because of these scumbags. #Antiriots

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

No The girls have just been stealing.

the Whalley RangerAugust 9th 2011.

there will be calls to 'regulate' social media websites - wait for it!

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Nowt wrong with that

the Whalley RangerAugust 10th 2011.

goodbye free press - is there a difference to Egypt?

SquirrelitoAugust 9th 2011.

@ ANON: calm down Chicken Licken, the sky won't fall

SquirrelitoAugust 9th 2011.

oops

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

There are small businesses closing - I have bars in the northern quarter that I've had to pull the shutters down and close- there have been mobs chased down High st and edge st by police- my staff are scared for their safety and cant be expected to be put in danger. Security companies have advised us to close- its no joke and not rumours. This sucks- these little wankers need a good kicking. tonight businesses all over will seriously suffer and only make life worse.
Just heard selfridges is being looted and smashed up.
Bad article- it's not scaremongering - get out there and open your eyes sofa jockeys

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

where have you heared that from ???

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

If you read the post, he/she hasn't *heard* it from anyone or anywhere - he/she is in the thick of it....

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

just read it on manchester confidential that looted ugg shop and smashing selfridges up

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Shows what a materialistic World we've become - what happened to "if you can't afford it you don't have it?"

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

A nice shower from the water cannon would cool
things down!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

It is on SKY NEWS now. Manchester City Centre is under siege from mindless thugs. Bring out the water cannon. Bring out the Army. Put a curfew on. Need to do whatever it takes. Totally disgraceful behaviour.

ChristineAugust 9th 2011.

It's still on sky news. There is trouble in Manchester center. Police are telling people to stay away.I agree bring in the Army and do whatever it takes to ger the scum off the streets

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Agreed - they get what they deserve then.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

after the bomb in Manchester, we the people of Manchester stood up to the plate and bult a fantastic city better than it ever was. its a city of great history and architecture, and great people. why are the youth not proud of this? why do they not want to protect it?
It seem to me that these youth are a law unto themselves they think they are untouchable..... oh I forgot they are! lack of discipline in the home, in the schools, and if they are under 16 it would appear the law cannot really touch them.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

what are they smashing up ?

Caroline ThomAugust 9th 2011.

Can't be bothered joining in, this is no conversation. Just a load of bollocks if you ask me.

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

You've got as child I assume from the 'photo - you damn well should be bothered

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

why r they doing this pure scallys

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

boredom and greed, disguised as social unrest...an excuse for a free pair of uggs??

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

slightly concerned 100 of our riot police have just gone down to London...

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

typical, no forward planning by GMP!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Knob! It's nothing to do with 'no forward planning'! GMP answered the call to go and protect our capital city................... and I for one are proud that some of Manchester's finest are being deployed to to protect southern jessies, leaving us northerners under protected........... just as long as London is ok!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Danny Dire predicts pain img36.imageshack.us/img​36/7559/loldannydyer.jpg…

Ian Duncalf shared this on Facebook on August 9th 2011.
AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Where are the police??

http://yfrog.com/gvldwz

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

london it would appear!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Defending the city you live in form the chavs trying to wreck it!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Where are the water cannon etc

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Here, we see all the people who wouldn't think twice about returning a wallet if someone had dropped it and they picked it up. :3

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

hate them I wish I cud have a rifle - wud shooooot them fuckers

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Police on Cross Street/King Street shouting: "Go home, go home, get out of the city." And the kids just laughed.,,,,, Did you expect anything else?

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

They think you can't do shit. Show them shit then.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

From the looks of the Diesel pic above they are doing what they want.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

LOL @ All these are the ones who aren't even going to University. :/

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

I am just curious to know whether the town centre will be safe to go help clear up the mess tomorrow ?
If anyone knows if we're being advised to stay away I'd like to hear.
Thank you

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

MEN website been down for ages lol. Absolutely shocked by this mindlessness.

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Fat lot of good that is.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

The girl with the leopard trousers outside the diesel store is in the picture further down where you can see her face. Please send these pictures to the police to get her and her scum friends arrested.

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AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

absolutely right.

Martin WebsterAugust 9th 2011.

RE: girl in leopard-print trousers... just what is it she should be arrested for? Standing on the pavement?

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MaggieAugust 9th 2011.

Derr! She and her mates are looting! And please don't start bleating on about her 'human right' to stand on the pavement while her scummy mates loot a store in OUR city centre. consider the Human rights of all the victims of these thieving scum's actions - I for one like going shopping in Manchester, the staff have a right to go to work, we all have the right to reasonably priced insurance (premiums will go up for all of us with a manchester post code now) - and it's our council tax that will pay for the clear up

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Tell me it isn't true that Afflecks is on fire!

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

wouldn't that be the end!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Well you got that wrong about gossip!

Jonathan Schofield - editorAugust 9th 2011.

Got someone on the scene at Afflecks, let you know what we find very soon.

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

ooh so vital!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Rumour my arse!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Manchester confidential wrong yet again

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Righteous oneAugust 9th 2011.

Knob! Can't see you risking your safety to bring us the news!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

not exactly risking safety sitting at a desk saying it not gonna happen! lol

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Risking your safety so people can read this shit, no one is really interested in this website.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

lol

Simon BinnsAugust 9th 2011.

For something you don't like, you seem to be spending a lot of time on here.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

These people have nothing to contribute to society, just shoot the lot of them, no one will miss them.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

their parents must be soo proud!!!- what an utter disgrace. They are just a load of free loaders who seem to think that this is just an excuse to have some fun and nick things, re girl in leopard print trousers is nthieving stuff out of the shops in one picture. why are they out on the streets in the first place?? Answer - looking for trouble.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

These people deserve the same respect they show for their community - none.
I say hose the scum down.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

I'm horrified people are acting this way! And to blame the police is a bloody pathetic cop out. What do you expect them to do? Throw themselves into th unknown with gangs who would get so called "Respect" for killing a police officer? The police are not to blame they are out numbered because the government cut so many jobs. They have just as much of a reason to be angry but they don't jepordise lives by setting peoples homes and businesses on fire. I live in Burnley, a town tarnished by thugs who thought it was ok to riot and cause trouble. To this day we are thought as trouble makers and that sickens me. One day the police will not be there at all cause no-one will want to put their life on the life against morons

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Re the girl in the leopart print pants, its her mate pulling that manequin out of the window. Send the pics to the police and get them banged up.. best place for the scum

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Righteous oneAugust 9th 2011.

Hear hear! I hope everybody who has photos like this makes them available to the police - upload them onto flickr or the GMP website, burn them to disc and send them to GMP, anonymously if you want to, get the scum caught!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

No MR Martin (clever clogss) Webster...she shouldn't be arrested for standing on the pavement, she should be arrested for stealing goods from the shop and she should be forced to reveal all the other scum that were with her stealing also.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

more people should go and help the guy on Deansgate with the bat protecting the shop...people should rise up against this stupid attitude towards our beautiful historic buildings..go out and loot yourself a chav..take his shoes his wallet and then set him on fire see how they like it the bunch of little shits...

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Sums up my thoughts too and happy to defend the businesses that need help and the public. If only GMP would say to us law abiders get down here and help instead of stay at home.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

I believe your messing about setting people on fire lol but I sure get what your saying :D, yeah I'd be happy to help guard buildings to stop muppets from wrecking them, this is so damn sad & anoying all this nonsense sweeping across the UK.

Was really hoping our city had more sense than this, shame it can be let down by a small bunch of crims capitalizing on a random mad tsunami of crime :(.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

where on Deansgate?

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

News report states Police say public should not go into Centre unless absolutely necessary - I guess protecting innocent people and businesses is necessary.

MaggieAugust 9th 2011.

The police will be having a hard enough time trying to control the looters without the hangers-on getting in the way of their baton runs. Do the sensible thing and stay out of the way, let them get on with it

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Baton runs...? maybe if they had gone in hard on the groups it would make the scum think twice.

It's plain to see there are not enough police to control the situation and they are being too soft.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

I know it sounds silly, but I expected better from Manchester...we always looked after our own...

CBAugust 9th 2011.

I can confirm NOW LIVE that Urmston Weatherspoon's is relaxed and calm.

The beer is still crap too.

All is in order.

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helpful as everAugust 9th 2011.

righto mate, I'll be round to put the windows through in about 10 mins, liven up you dull pathetic life for you

CBAugust 9th 2011.

ta for that

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

i expected more from Manchester folk too...little disappointing that they can do this..

JanAugust 9th 2011.

shame shame shame on those scum rioters! No respect for anyone or anything!No more please!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Manchester should get together and show these scumbags...this is OUR city!!!!lets claim it back!

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

here, here.. its getting overun.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

More of this please

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MaggieAugust 9th 2011.

excellent, give the guy in the green t-shirt a medal

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Shameless... The Documentary

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

My god please don't touch the northern quarter, its heaven!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

And Mr Stringer,it's not the polices fault like you said on Sky

WebyAugust 9th 2011.

I see Liam Gallagher's shop's been ransacked. Bless.

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helpful as everAugust 9th 2011.

bet the MCFC shop is okay though, who would want to loot that C**p!

MaggieAugust 9th 2011.

It took Thatcher 5 years to get the 'disaffected' rioting in the streets, Cameron and the Condem posse have managed it in 15 months - roll on the next election!

SquirrelitoAugust 9th 2011.

Manchester is NOT lawless. Greater Manchester is full of many, many, many proud people. Manchester city centre and Pendleton have simply been temporarilly cowed by a few hundred cynical, generationally criminal, grasping, thieving, workshy arseholes.

The sky has not fallen. We've survived the Blitz and the 80s recessions, the IRA bomb and the Rangers fans. We'll doubtless survive this contretemps.

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SquirrelitoAugust 9th 2011.

please ignore my accidental double Ls

urbanbubbleAugust 9th 2011.

great comment squirrelito - thats all it is, fucking lazy bastards having their night against the nation. Fixed and cleaned up before many of these wake up after their active night and we're all insured.

Julie NauwelaersAugust 9th 2011.

Maybe I’m getting the wrong idea from the pictures & report, but it doesn’t seem like there is a huge lot of ‘rioters’ out there… Does anyone has an idea of the actual number?

And on a different note… At first, those ‘riots’ (that really doesn’t seem to be the appropriate word) reminded me of Paris’, y’a know, the good ol’ “tough economic times + unvented anger + one isolated event that breaks the camel’s back”… Then, there would have been something to analyze, changes to be made, lessons to be learned… But kids who just want a free pair of jeans? Really? Is that what we’ve come to?

Jonathan Schofield - editorAugust 9th 2011.

I feel there's about 375 Julie, with maybe about 300 hangers on. Nowt really.

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Righteous oneAugust 9th 2011.

675 too many...........

Lynda Moyo shared this on Facebook on August 9th 2011.
Luna LeafAugust 9th 2011.

Stop your rioting and looting - it affects no one but the whole of the UK. We're already running on empty and your actions are not helping. government are obviously to blame and unless a peaceful revolution is implemented then nothing that an average person can doi will change the way the UK is run. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind so let's enter this situation with clarity and make the changes for good for the whole of the UK and lobby the government

Michael FallaAugust 9th 2011.

Just saw the leopard print pyjama wearing girl in the northern quarter. Her friend was asking where it was all kicking off and complained that the riots were not as good as London. I would have found it funny were it not so tragic and depressing.
Also saw about 10 police officers scatter a huge group who looted the newsagents and tried to get into the spoons in piccadilly. Well done to all of them.

JayAugust 9th 2011.

I've just seen one of the cars driving around directing the scroats where to go. It's a white Focus RS and is driving around NQ, just been through Stevenson Sq a few times

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Have you got the reg number Jay?

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Appreciating manchester confidential keeping us all up to date, but as much as I normally enjoy the dry humour and wit I think it seems a bit misplaced with the current events....

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

boo hoo

SquirrelitoAugust 9th 2011.

Handwringing and wailing isn't the Mancunian way

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

This is such a shame, you have a beautiful city. I really hope not too much is damaged.

The problem of all these damaged,feral children is another matter. Make the parents pay!

WebyAugust 9th 2011.

One positive for Cameron is that these shenanigans will give the government an excuse - ahem, I mean reason - for the inevitably shitty Q3 economic data. After using up 'snow', 'lots of bank holidays' and 'Royal wedding', the excuses cupboard must have been rather Mother Hubbardesque.

Simon BinnsAugust 9th 2011.

I must have missed the bit where we said it wasn't going to happen Anon. If you don't like the site don't read it.

We'll get over it.

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Your replies to criticism are so juvenile and amateurish, call yourselves writers and journalists, not a professional journalistic or writers qualification between you and it shows, frequently! Your early comment about the riots was so naive.

Simon BinnsAugust 9th 2011.

Oh, I see. Name calling only works one way. I get it now.

Your assumptions about my CV are wrong by the way.

Kim-Bob IIIAugust 9th 2011.

This whole artcle is about violence. Why are you arguing, really? I just appreciate the updates

Peter HoustonAugust 9th 2011.

Keep you're heed doon Binsy... You're a long way from Hamilton St. Oh, and Anon... Your grammar sucks for someone complaining about writing standards.

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Simon BinnsAugust 9th 2011.

Phousty!

I applied the valuable survival skills I learnt on Platform 2 of Mumps station.

VoAugust 9th 2011.

I think both the Assistant Chief Constable and Councillor Pat Carney came across really well in tonight's press conference. To quote the Assistant Chief Constable, "Manchester will be back in business tomorrow". I for one will be there to support our great city.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

If any property / business owners want some help to protect their premises, property etc. leave a message here. Hopefully we can get some help to you.

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Are you Batman?

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Serious question; is this ManCon staff offering useful help or some vigilante in a home made superhero suit attempting to step up to the plate?

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

I have been called many things but Batman is not one of them, lol. But I can try minus the cape.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Funnily enough I do have the Superman theme as my ring tone though.

Walter JacksonAugust 9th 2011.

so far rioters have caused 75 pence worth of damage to the precinct,a council spokesman added the cost could even go as high as 95 pence

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Kim-Bob IIIAugust 9th 2011.

This is exactly what my boyfriend said.

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

I'm not condoning the violence in any way. However, it is exactly that attitude and type of comment that gives the thieving looting scum the 'justification' to feel hard done by, making them think it's ok to do what they have done

Walter JacksonAugust 24th 2011.

anon i was there, i was threatend by the looters, in the store i work for in the city centre,so please allow me a little dark humour ,im not condoning it.
im just trying to get over it.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

I love the idea that the parents of these scum will dob them in to the police...they are more likely to say "Well done Kylie.. free jeans and vodka...it's the first time you've got something yourself rather than depending on the DSS"

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AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Our Chardoney and her brother De-Reecimo got us a nice new 50" telly. It looks reeeeely nice on the wall in the toilet.

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

If you are going to loot shops..why Foot Asylum? An indication of the level of intelligence of the scum....I know says Wayne "Let's loot!!.. I need a new pair of trainers"....

ScoteeeAugust 9th 2011.

Thanks labour for the generation you have given us...

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

This is not political it's just a bunch of chavs nicking brands....

AnonymousAugust 9th 2011.

Yeah if only Tony had breast fed. Take some responsibility FFS.

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

are the rail stations safe?
The Univesity Buildings near the Piccadilly Station have been attached...

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

This is what you get for liberal upbringing of kids... DISGRACE... Simply SCUM. Yet I bet all their mothers are in the queue for their cheques in the morning!!!!

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NonAugust 10th 2011.

Back to the MEN forums with you please.

Jonathan Schofield - editorAugust 10th 2011.

Anon, shut up would you? I was there tonight see above, let's not turn into one of those red-top rant pages. Think before you speak and when you do try and not overuse exclamation marks. There were, what, 1500 naughty people out, less than 350 I'd say who were instigators. This is not revolution, this is boredom and a lack of firm policing, teaching and parenting. It's about not being brought up right.

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AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

I think you have just proved his/her point here..... is 350 yobs not a problem?... This is extremely serious.. This shows a lack of respect, and parents lack of control (liberal upbringing)...

I don't know what the answer is because the other way does not work either. I just hope that anyone caught in this gets dealt with extremely seriously

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

I was in Claire's Accessories in the Arndale and an Arndale worker came into the shop and I overheard her saying to the girl working in the shop that the place was going to be closed dead on 6- this was around 5ish. As I walked around the rest of the Arndale, places were starting to bring their shutters down. It's just unfortunate it all kicked off before then.

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

What I have not understood is: there are other countries where young people do not have much money and are bored - but they do not end up in rioting.
So what is the reason behind that?
Sorry for the question - I am not british

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

how is everything this morning?? not had a chance to get into the city yet, is it really trashed??

FurFoxAcheAugust 10th 2011.

A lot of the clean up took place overnight. Places boarding up broken windows at the mo and the side streets are now being cleaned by the riot clean up volunteers.

tAugust 10th 2011.

What an absolutely mental evening. Any idea what the next step is for the police, I'm assuming they're not just going to give out a load of ASBO's?

MaggieAugust 10th 2011.

I've just read the question that Macon put to ACC Shewin this morning and, despite the fact that I admire the work that ManCon did last night, I feel that the question was at best naive, at worst stupid. The police are currently facing criminal charges for the death of a man at the G4 disturbance earlier this year in London; Met police have faced outrageous criticism for kettling 'innocence bystanders/protestors' in the fees protests; in the cup final riots in 2008 GMP had a number of unsucessful legal actions taken out against them by drunken yobs from Scotland;a large number of last night's yobs were kids, do you think GMP would have got away with breaking the heads of the precious little darling who were out committing last nights mayhem -No!
Even if the legal action taken against police for the 'street justice' meted out to the yobs is unsuccessful, there is still a cost - to the police officer facing investigation, to the good citizen who trys to protect themselves or their property facing investigation and to pay for the legal team etc who defend the legal action.
The answer is to instigation a major change in how society thinks; personal responsibility for actions; parents take responsibility for their children's action; earn respect, don't demand it.
Incidently, the word 'respect' has been hijacked and bastardised by the scum of society - the OED should change the definition of the 'respect' to 'the unrealistic expectation of scum, precious little darlings, drug dealing shit and gang affiliated yobbos to be glorified by their peers' and we should use the word 'esteem' in it's place.

Jonathan Schofield - editorAugust 10th 2011.

Maggie, it's a question many people are asking. As a media outlet we should ask about policy as well

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AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

By all means ask questions, but make them sensible! I think that the general public realise that they, the police and victims of crime are at the back of the queue when we talk about human rights etc and that our current over-liberalised society does not protect honest citizens within the criminal justice system. This is however changing - the burglary at Ethel Street in Salford and the armed robbery in Stretford - but those citizens had to be arrested and put through the mill before they were released. A Police officer brandishing a baton at a poor little kiddy-looter would be branded a thug. When it comes to policing, today's hero can be tomorrow's villain!

Nicky Rybka-GoldsmithAugust 10th 2011.

I can confirm that the N4 is fully open and ready for business, sadly both jewelers on Thomas St were totally cleared out and a number of retail units around Oldham st. Brilliant clean up campaign this morning - please lets not be frightened by this and have the courage to crack on as normal!

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

I hear Manchester City signed Grabatelli last night.

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

I watched from my flat last night and found it quite organised. There were ring leaders in a white van and a few mercedes, where the loot was collected. Whistles and screams to inform the looters the police were coming were in place. There was around 100-150 kids tryint to smash the tesco cash machine on Oxford road for nearly 30mins uninterupted by police. They came down Oxford road and turned round and fled due to the mass mob. When the mounted police and dogs arrived the cars and vans temporarely blocked the road alowing the mass mob to flee. only to return to turn over Sainsburys where the staff had to flee for their lives.

NATIONAL SERVICE. PUT USE TO THE AGRESSION. QUALITY SERVICE MEN AN WOMEN ARE LOOSING THEIR LIVES FOR WHAT? YOBS HERE?

Weby72August 10th 2011.

National Service to 'put use to the aggression'? Ah right, send them to kill dirty forriners so we* can nick their natural resources.

Sounds like a plan...

* and by 'we' I mean multinational corporations

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AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Yawn. Our forces don't kill many foreigners, they help defend their liberty. Whether they should or not is an argument for another day

jamsimsafcAugust 10th 2011.

Well played to Manchester Confidential for sending an email last night saying only rumours about Manchester - businesses open as usual. Hope no one was stupid enough to follow your advice because living in the centre of town - let me tell you - was bloody scary and dangerous last night. Can't believe you we're advising people it was ok!!!

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AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Ooops, so ManCon must have forgotten to consult their crystal ball before giving out their advice - hindsight is wonderful isn't it jam..etc

Simon BinnsAugust 10th 2011.

We didn't advise people to stay in town, nor did we say anything would or wouldn't happen.

What we did say was that plenty of rumours were reaching us but the police had stated their position.

To suggest we wanted to put people in harms way is wide of the mark, by a very long way indeed.

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jamsimsafcAugust 10th 2011.

Stop back tracking, i'm didn't say you wanted to put people into harm nor am I saying you advised people to stay in town but by saying that businesses were open as usual you were indirectly saying that coming into town wasn't a problem - when it was dangerous. Read what you sent out. I received it in the evening when stuff had started from 5ish (which if you or any reporters were anywhere near the city centre would have know about due to the chaos going on) so a safer message would have been to advise people to stay away from the city centre just in case- something you didn't do. You either should of said that or nothing at all.

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

The fact that Confidential sent SOMETHING out was admirable in itself why wasnt a news bulletin warning us of the dangers why wasnt a strong police presence in town when there must have been tip offs? why werent the water cannons on stand by to disperse any gangs that had formed? Police dealt with this badly wonder what Fahy makes of it? has he come out of hiding yet? with Sir Richard? they should be here pronto!

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AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

What water cannons are these? The only part of Mainland Britain that has ever deployed water cannon is Belfast, hey that's an idea, why don't we bring in the army with live ammo to shoot at the kiddy-looters? derr

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Yeh, why don't we???

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

1981 -a royal wedding city lose at Wembley, inner city riots
2011 - a royal wedding, city lose at Wembley, inner city riots
Makes you wonder eh?

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Army couldve dealt with this better and the SAS - where are they? shit theyre in Afghanistan of course i forgot fighting other peoples wars.

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Lets remember also that the police is set up as a plc as is the United Kingdom (seriously look it up on Dunn and Bradstreet business directory) therein lies the problem. You'll also find that because of this crime pays literally. the country is as bent as hell.

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AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Get your facts right - ACPO is a plc, the overwhelming majority of serving police officers are ordinary men and woman doing a difficult job under constant misguided ill-informed criticism.
ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) are self-serving senior officers and make the policy (and money) for serving police officers

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Should 'not serving police officers' at the end

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

I feel sorry for the police; if it was anywhere else in Europe, those causing violence would have been been forcefully stopped. Here in the UK, police can, and would go on trial for that. And then the EU would argue Human Rights, when in the majority EU countries it would be the norm to thwack a thieving, violent criminal to the ground. Who's being protected the most here? The moronic cretins doing this need to understand consequence; at the moment it's just a mad laugh for them. Exasperating doesn't cover it...

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AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

I think these people have no fear of any consequences, because there are none...what should have stopped them last night was their own sense of morality, which is clearly absent...maybe these kids thought the big companies such as diesel could stand the loss , but why smash up Oxfam? why mug students?

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Yup, that's exactly my point - the police are relatively powerless when it comes to defeding themselves - and us - in situations like this; and the kids/rioters know it. Morality - wouldn't that be lovely; I absolutely agree - it's totally mindless, selfish criminaltiy. There's no rhyme or reason to it, and the rioters are grasping at straws for flimsy excuses for their actions when questioned: 'It's because of the rich people. It's the rich people's fault' is one such BBC quote. Fills you with pride, doesn't it???

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

In the "group" photograph of the teenagers giving the V sign, the blonde girl at the front in the animal print pants lives in the Bury area. Spotted her at just before 6pm yesterday near the town hall in Bury.

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MelAugust 10th 2011.

Bet she's really regretting putting those pants on

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

what about the ginger-minger in the photo, somebody mut know her, and the honey monster in the blue chavvie trackie

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

What about the Ginger -minger?

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Heard there closing city centre shops from 4.30pm.. This true..??

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AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Blimey. Don't start that rumour mill off again

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

Actually its not a rumour. I work in offices behind HMV and we are beeing asked to clear the building by 5pm

AnonymousAugust 10th 2011.

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vicky chanAugust 10th 2011.

It's chuckin' it down, lets hope the rain puts them off.

Chat UkApril 15th 2012.

The law has caught up on them!!

I don't think social media caused the riots but they did make it easier for people to communicate.

I have read a lot of articles about Facebook and the UK riots and although many posted on the open platform apparently it was more the private message facility that was used on their fake profiles.

Criminals have been using Facebook for years setting up(and closing) fake accounts, mainly football players, pop stars, cartoon characters, star wars(!) but surely the police must be able to trace the IP addresses.

Good luck anyway and I hope the UK government and the police make social media a safer place for tomorrow's children.

AnonymousApril 15th 2012.

I do hope the police track these people down from the CCTV cameras and anything they posted or sent privately on social media.

AnonymousApril 15th 2012.

NICE TO SEE FACEBOOK CHANGING AND GETTING SAFER WITH THEIR REPORTING PROCEDURES NOW IN PLACE.

SHAME THIS WAS NOT AROUND AT THE TIME OF THE RIOTS.

AnonymousJune 1st 2012.

Police NEVER had control on Salford precinct. However, they could have done. When the police first arrived on the scene, there were less rioters than the police. The police stood back and watched. CCTV footage will confirm this. I know because I had to make a journey from the area. The police WANTED it to be a full scale riot, these same officers have quoted before on crimes of assault "We don't want to waste our time with petty crimes like these, we want to be dealing with rapes, murders..." The situation in Salford could have been brought under control in under ten minutes, instead GMPTE chose to let business go out of business because they wanted more action. So yes, they should be able to claim from the police. However, instead of coming from the taxpayer, it should be funded by sacking the 95% inefficient and corrupt officers that make the few minority ones look bad and hinder their job.

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