Yesterday afternoon I was out running some errands on my bicycle when The Actor called telling me to go home as he'd just heard a riot had started in Hackney where I live. I could clearly see the police helicopters but took no notice as they're out nearly every night and we're used to them. There's a lot of gun crime round here and clashes between local gangs but there's problems anywhere you go.
I decided not to go the shopping centre in case there was trouble so I headed to Shoreditch. I rode through London Fields where there were large groups of lads with their hoods up which is also normal for round here. One of them shouted out "You look nice" and another said "I like your bike" without sounding like they wanted to steal it.
On my back from the shops I saw another big gathering. A lot of them had balaclavas or bandanas around their faces. I thought it was time for me to go home for the night.
Hackney last night
I'm shocked at how much mindless and widespread violence there's been in London, Birmingham, Liverpool and other parts of the country. I know originally it's because the police shot Mark Duggan but it's moved on from that now. This isn't anarchy, this is people trying to get themselves a new flat-screen telly. The devastation and damage caused by the violence and fires is terrible and it's tragic that people have lost their homes and businesses.
I thought it would have calmed down today but they're predicting more trouble so now the police have shut all the shops - including my corner shop and my favourite restaurant, A Little of What You Fancy where I was due to have lunch with friends. AND I'd agreed to go for a swim in the lido but that was shut too. Typical.
It's a gorgeous sunny day and I really want to go out on my bike. I'm not sure what to do now but at least I can finally do some blog reading that keep going on about! I hope everyone's alright. Stay safe. Love, Christina xxx