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TheSkiingGardener Thu 11-Aug-11 05:42:16

Looks like a strong police presence and the fact that people are going to jail may have worked. I hope so, seeing that there are consequences has hopefully made the looters think again.

cjbartlett Thu 11-Aug-11 06:51:32

Fingers crossed

I hope they dont have to cancel any football at the weekend

It sends a really crap message if they do as the premiership is watched as far away as Japan

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 11-Aug-11 06:52:27

The rain in some parts will have helped too smile

TheSkiingGardener Thu 11-Aug-11 07:12:35

The football probably depends on what happens on Friday night I guess. Hopefully nothing!

openerofjars Thu 11-Aug-11 07:26:25

I thought that about the rain as well: I am in Sheffield and I'm sure that the rain saved us: a hot night and I'd have been much more worried. Mind you, the thought of having to walk home up all those hills afterwards probably stopped a lot of people too.

AnyFucker Thu 11-Aug-11 07:31:36

We cannot sustain the heavy police presence though, can we

It is costing the country millions to police like this

What happens when those officers have to have their rest days/cancelled annual leave/go back to their usual base ?

cjbartlett Thu 11-Aug-11 07:34:32

I think it's scared a lot if them off, seeing their ugly mugs all over the papers and the Internet
They know they can't get away with it , it's all on CCTV
Like that wanker setting miss selfridge on fire and thinking he could then just blend into the crowd - CCTV soon picked him up
And seeing them all in court and their family and friends knowing their names, losing their jobs etc
Hopefully it's put them all off

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 11-Aug-11 07:40:10

"What happens when those officers have to have their rest days/cancelled annual leave/go back to their usual base ?"

The looting escalated because people thought they could get away with it. Now that the cells are filling, it's clear that they can't. I think shopkeepers are more prepared to go on the offensive, ordinary people are far less tolerant and the power balance has shifted. They talk about policing by consent... they have our consent... I think this has been a turning point

ajandjjmum Thu 11-Aug-11 07:49:58

I really hope so Cog.

CustardCake Thu 11-Aug-11 09:15:02

A lot of London matches have been called off not just the Holland Game. I think the hope is that weekend matches will go ahead but it depends on whether they feel they can spare the police numbers to look after those areas and whether that leaves other areas short. In London at the moment we are still in lock-down with thousands of police in every main centre and that's going to continue tonight too at least.

CustardCake Thu 11-Aug-11 18:45:27

The Tottenham game on Saturday is now definitely cancelled but the others will go ahead as planned unless anything else kicks off between now and then. No news yet on whether the carnival will be cancelled

cjbartlett Fri 12-Aug-11 00:29:33

Things are looking a lot better already
Bit sad that the faces of women and juveniles are faces of tomorrow's papers though

JosieZ Fri 12-Aug-11 07:51:49

I agree with Cogito that, hopefully, this will be a turning point.

More discipline in schools will def help -- expecting kids to choose between playing computer games and watching MTV and swotting and doing homework was pointless. Some enforcement is required.

Also wish to point out that the whingeing about stop and search of black kids is unreasonable because it was probably increased to stop the stabbings and shootings that were going on (and judging by the lack of newspaper headlines appears to have worked). The police in a no win situation again.

Tortington Fri 12-Aug-11 07:55:05

its cos it was raining

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