Tottenham riot: burning of Carpet Right in pics


2:56 pm - August 7th 2011

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The Carpet Right / Allied Carpet building was the biggest building to burn down last night in Tottenham. It also had thirty flats above the building, which have now been burnt down too.

Here is how the building looked during the day (from here)

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Fire engulfs the building (from here)

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Still burning at around 3am last night (from here)

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How it looked this morning (via email)

Update: Video too now (hat-tip comments)

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You may of course consider this document sarcastic, but I’m not British, and I don’t understand at all what “liberal” there is about this fire, or the rioting in general.

@1

it’s just news. sometimes there isn’t an agenda, you know.

Anyone know why the rioters went after Carpet Right? Or no reason?

I was there in the afternoon and there was still smoke coming from the building. Parts of it looked like they might collapse: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/tottenham-riots-august-2011/
What a shame.

5. David Boothroyd

One of the other buildings gutted was apparently Paradise Gems, a family-run jewellers that had been trading in Tottenham for 25 years. There was a comment on twitter to the effect that no-one from Tottenham would want to burn down Paradise Gems.

So, what’s going on here? Did a Carpet Right employee shoot Mark Duggan? Or is it a sign of discontent with the capitalist, er – carpet sellers, by the bare-floorboarded workers?

Well rumour has it, the police shooting a few nights before has been kept silent because the police officer was shot by another police officer , it’s a rumour at the moment but I suspect some of it might be true.

then other officer panicked and all hell broke lose , if this is so then people are angry as another person dies at the hands of the police and then silence, while I suspect the police gets it’s story right.

But it is a rumour

I see that Jody McIntyre has been sacked by the Indy for his comments on the riots.
Does Sunny Hundal wish to reconsider his previous collection of posts on McIntyre in which he was outraged at people suggesting that McIntyre was a thug?

When the history of these riots is analysed in a couple of years time, I would be unsurprised if the arson of Carpet Right was not judged as a turning point. Yes, I am arguing that the turning point happened as soon as the riots really kicked off.

The flats above the shop were home to ~50 people and it is remarkable that nobody was seriously injured there (to the best of my knowledge). Anyone who is accused of that arson will be treated severely; English process of law presumes that accused arsonists may be insane so they’ll not be on the wing at their local nick. There were similar arson cases where shops and flats were set alight, which will receive equal scrutiny.

Whilst not wishing to diminish the losses of flat residents, I feel sorry for the building’s owners. They clearly cared about it and its destruction diminishes the area.

10. BoiledSweets

All because some crack dealer got shot?

There is no reason for this to destroy homes and buildings, its a shame the riot scum werent in the building when it was burnt and it would have removed a load of scum off our streets

@12 Dawid

Some will see that demolition of the burned out Allied Carpet building in Tottenham as a wonderful job-creating opportunity for local construction workers. Probably, a similar idea motivated the burning of that furniture store at Reeves Corner in Croydon:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=139240294

Up to the early 1990s recession, my local railway station had a passenger footbridge for changing platforms with many small tough-glass side panels to protect pedestrians from inclement weather. Someone had gone to the trouble of breaking of breaking every panel, quite a task given the number of panels and the tough-glass. Speaking later with a part-time booking office clerk, she said every accessible piece of glass on the station had been broken, including some high up which could only be reached by scaling the outside of the building. Difficult to fathom the rationale except a belief that the vandalism would create unskilled work.


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  18. Mat

    Mortified by the destruction in Tottenham. Hope no one was in the Carpet building which contained 30 flats http://t.co/2tyMujX

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  22. Alex Wintermute

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    Burning of Carpetrite building, 30 flats, in #Tottenham last night, pictures http://bit.ly/pSHF6Q #Tottenhamriot

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  26. Andreas muller

    http://t.co/TVLZ5SE that's our flat, top left :-(

  27. mactavish

    @RachaelCornish_ http://twitpic.com/637wws – Got it – http://liberalconspiracy.org/2011/08/07/tottenham-riot-the-destruction-of-carpet-right

  28. What do the rioters hope to achieve? | Catch21 Productions

    [...] as most of the people affected by this (for example, the residents of the flats above the carpet shop in Tottenham, who are now homeless) are probably just as impoverished as the rioters [...]

  29. Scorcher

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