Rioting is continuing in Hackney after hundreds of people ripped through shops, attacked buses and took on Met police earlier in the day.
Mare Street, the main road connecting Hackney to the City was at the centre of the disturbance, seeing windows put in at several of the larger stores including JD, the local opticians and an attempt at Ladbrokes. The local jewellers was also picked out for looting.
Further out, bins had been turned over and set on fire to form makeshift barricades on the corner of Pembury Road and Downs Park Road in an attempt to hold off police vans, while the Morning Lane Tescos was targeted through a side door by around 100 people.
Police efforts initially concentrated on taking control of the area around Hackney central station, running up to Dalston Lane and down to Well Street. As the situation came under control there, they gradually filtered officers out to deal with disturbances elsewhere in the borough.
Updates to follow.
I walked around most of the line to try and survey what was going on. Contrary to media reports, black people were not over-represented through the rioting in Hackney - among the masked people there were hands and foreheads of every colour. What was also notable was the atmosphere. Two or three streets away from the fighting there were few problems, people walked casually and kids were still out.
Fear was not pervasive - on the contrary, as I walked into the area many of the people walking out were grinning broadly, talking animatedly about what was going on. Those who weren't again contrary to police reports, were more likely to be bemused than scared - I ran into several people just in front of the police lines who had no idea what was happening. And some of the faces involved are people I recognise, if only to walk past - it certainly isn't the case that "people from outside the borough" are to blame.
But some residents nearby have seen their homes burned, been terrified by the fighting or lost their cars. No outrage or detonation of anger justifies that. Tescos, meh - but only wankers attack innocents.