Hackney riots: in photos

From mid-afternoon to late evening Monday, pictures of the destruction on Mare Street and Clarence R

All photographs by local resident, Raúl Pérez

Police officer stands outside the smashed shopfront of a looted electronics store near Hackney Central station.

 

Flaming cars at the Pembury estate, Lower Clapton.

 

A young boy stands among the initial destruction on the Hackney estate.

 

Riot police, seen in the background, begin to arrive at Clarence Road as evening falls.

 

 

 

A young woman looks into a plastic bag of looted goods as police advance up Clarence Road. The yellow convenience shop on the left is later gutted, as rioters steal alcohol, groceries, magazines and computer screens. All of the shops on this street are locally owned small businesses.

 

 

More street fires near Hackney Downs station.

 

Further police vans accompany an ambulance through the streets of Lower Clapton, heading to Clarence Road where an elderly woman has fallen and broken her hip.

 

Another van in flames and smouldering debris near the Pembury estate.

Alice Gribbin is a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was formerly the editorial assistant at the New Statesman.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.