Charlton deals with the day after the looting

Most shops and businesses in Charlton had closed by the middle of Tuesday afternoon as fears grew of further riots across south-east London. In Charlton Village, all premises were closed except the Bugle Horn pub and the new Baguette sandwich bar.

Down the hill, the clean-up continued after a night of looting at the local retail parks. Charlton Champion reader Simon captured the scene in the Greenwich Shopping Park, and the debris from a night’s thieving was still obvious around the foot of Victoria Way this morning, with piles of wrappings adding to the usual clutter in the alley leading to the GSP.

Despite rumours carried by a local newspaper website, there was no fire at Asda, which opened for business as usual. Argos, Staples and the Carphone Warehouse were all closed, along with other clothing and electrical retailers.

But the worst damage, though, was at the Stone Lake Retail Park, where PC World and Currys were looted and daubed with graffiti. This afternoon, PC World staff were removing stock from the store.

It’s not known when the affected stores will be back in operation.

Greenwich Borough Commander Richard Wood said last night’s scenes were “utterly unacceptable”, adding “I will do everything in my power to ensure that those involved are caught.”

He continued: “I urge everyone in the borough of Greenwich to clear the way for police at night so that we can deal with those criminals who intend to bring disruption to our area. Also, people must not to take matters in their own hands and have to let the police deal with incidents in a law abiding manner.

“I ask parents, schools, local leaders and others to stand together and convey the message that the crime and disorder we have witnessed will not be tolerated. I have spoken to many people across the borough today and without exception, they are appalled by the outrageous criminal acts of thuggery that took place.

“Many arrests have already been made, but I would ask everyone to work with police and help us to identify those involved so that we can arrest them at the first opportunity.

“We continue to work with the Council and other emergency services to ensure that we keep everyone in Greenwich safe.

“Above all, we remain unfaltering and united in tackling criminals on our streets and look for support from you, the community we serve.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101, or images and video can be e-mailed to

12 thoughts on “Charlton deals with the day after the looting

  1. Gavin. August 9, 2011 / 18:46

    This is disgusting. It’s not even a place where any rioting broke out it’s just mindless, violent thugs wanting something without having to work for it.

  2. SCC August 10, 2011 / 11:32

    Very good reporting – we wouldn’t have known what had gone on in Charlton without this website! The other news outlets made no mention of us. Just shocking but hopefully we’ve seen the last of these thugs and marauding here in Charlton. May they experience the full force of the law.

  3. Simon August 10, 2011 / 22:01

    We had nothing on the likes of Woolwich and no riots. It was very scary though seeing it, and having the mindless thieves “sorting” the packaging out from their loot using my front garden and discarding the packaging. Thankfully fine since.
    I think we need to reclaim our community from these thugs. Would anyone be interested in setting up a local community action group to fight for improvements in Charlton – particularly the northern bit with all the dreadful run-down areas? I’m up for organising a meeting if anyone wants to be involved.
    Post your responses here! Simon

    • ThePirateKing August 11, 2011 / 14:38

      Perhaps this idea deserves the greater attention it would get as a post on the front page?

  4. Michael August 11, 2011 / 11:37

    I think the Central Charlton Residents Association is trying to improve the area as well as being a community group. They are focussed on the area from the station to Victoria way and up to Charlton road I think, but they have had clean up days etc and they might go out of their immediate area. They have a website and they have newsletters that can be collected from Conran Estates on church lane. I don’t live in Charlton but think it might be a good starting point – it would be good if the group expands to cover wider Charlton

    • Darryl August 11, 2011 / 11:40

      It’s unlikely you’d get CCRA to move out of their area – they’re reluctant to even cover Victoria Way – but I can provide details if you want to get in touch with them.

  5. Dobber Inner August 11, 2011 / 12:00

    What is the number listed on the article? I called it and the lady seemed to be surprised… i heard her saying to someone – “I’ve got a member of the public on the phone who wants to give info, what should I do?” So i said i would call back.

    • Darryl August 11, 2011 / 12:01

      Try 101 instead. I’ll amend the number. The Met seem to have been giving out conflicting details.

  6. Dobber Inner August 11, 2011 / 12:03

    Thanks, its not much info but as they say, every little helps.

  7. joebkn August 13, 2011 / 21:43

    Alot of people believe, the police and bbc were playing it down. On ITV, there were camera footage breaking in to asdas. But that was it. Nothing on Woolwich, and the burning buildings. Someone’s mum, who lives in Kingston upon Thames, says there was rioting going on there, but there had been no report on there, Woolwich and Charlton. How many other places did they and newspapers turn an eye to.

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