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There is an uncanny atmosphere on Hackney's streets as a vicar leads the clean-up and looted Carlsberg flows freely

By Oliver Bullough   August 2011

A grim greeting for Hackney residents and local volunteers this morning. Image: StolenGolem

I dropped my son off yesterday morning like normal, but couldn’t concentrate when I got home, so I took a detour up to Mare Street and Clarence Road to see the damage. It was amazing the job the council had done up there. Mare Street was cleaner than normal, but up where the rioting had been worst, there wasn’t much they could have done.

There were burnt-out cars dotted all up the street—someone had spray-painted “Welcome to Hackney” in green on a gutted convertible—and the Convenience Store…

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