Book chains in talks with police to protect stores

Waterstone's and WH Smith closed stores across riot-stricken areas in London as the violence appears set to continue into a fourth night.

A Waterstone's spokesperson said it was closing stores early depending on police advice but only the shop on Clapham High Street had closed. She said: "We were fortunate as none of our stores appears to have received any damage."

A WH Smith spokesperson said it had closed at most six stores across the stricken areas in Brixton, Wood Green and Enfield. A spokesperson said: "The shops have closed temporarily on police advice. Our priority is the safety of our staff. Like all other retailers we are in close contact with police and will reopen the affected shops when we can do so."

Despite being located in one of the most volatile areas in east London, independent Pages of Hackney opened for trading earlier today. It said in a tweet: "Shop is open and all members of staff are undamaged and fit for bookselling..... just about."