Miss Selfridge set on fire as riots spread to Manchester
While the violence seemed to simmer down in London overnight, that didn't stop it from spreading to other major cities including Birmingham, West Bromich and Wolverhampton. In Manchester, rioters as young as nine turned on retailers once again despite stores deciding to shut early. Among those targeted were Miss Selfridge which went up in flames in a matter of minutes. The perpetrator of the crime was caught on camera as he ignited the flame in the window of the building. Luckily the fire was put out before it damaged neighbouring businesses.
In Birmingham, 500 riot police were forced to guard the Mailbox shopping centre after the Louis Vuitton store had its windows smashed earlier in the week. Over at the Bullring shopping centre, stores such as Selfridges, Hugo Boss and A|X Armani were attacked, while New Look, Thomas Sabo, Sports Direct and Foot Locker all suffered broken windows.
Back in London and luxury stores closed early Tuesday evening in order to take measures such as clearing windows of merchandise to avoid another wave of violence. This morning business was expected to continue as usual at Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street. Yesterday, hundreds gathered together to help clean up the mess left behind after a night of rioting in Clapham, Battersea and Croydon. Members of #riotcleanup pitched in to help in an attempt to stand up against the chaos that has gripped the nation during the past week.