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Bookshops avoid major damage in London rioting

Bookshops appeared to have been largely unaffected by the rioting that swept across London and other cities last night, causing tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage.

As London shopowners began the clean-up this morning, spokespeople for both Waterstone's and W H Smith said they were unaware of any damage to their store portfolio. Both retailers' management were meeting this morning to discuss the violence, which was largely targeted at electronics retailers.

Indies in those areas particularly hit appeared to have avoided damage. Pages of Hackney,  situated on Lower Clapton Road in the heart of the east London borough, tweeted that it had closed early as a result of the disturbances, with a nearby local electrical store hit. It said: "Ten mounted policemen have joined the riot police outside the shop, which we did close in the end, shortly before Harris on the corner looted".

Gay’s the Word on Marchmont Street, London, had its main front window smashed and pelted with eggs at around 12.30am on Monday morning.

Rioting spread across London last night, encompassing Ealing in the west, Enfield in the north, Hackney in the east and Croydon in the south of the city.

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Have a feeling that this news story is going to be rather popular in some circles.

Somehow I have the feeling they are more interested in Nike trainers and Greggs pasties!

Sympathy to Gays the Word and to Pages for their lost trade. I've emailed Gays the Word to see if they need any financial support to replace the window.

I imagine flower shops might also be lucky :)

Waterstones in Clapham was only spared after staff hurriedly removed the Stars of the Jeremy Kyle Show Pop-Up Book from the window.

I don't know; there may be a rush on for Bradbury's Farenheit 451...

Strangely prescient, methinks.

"It was a pleasure to burn...it was a special pleasure to see things eaten...to see things blackened and changed"

apt indeed.....bloody anarchists.

CALL FOR BATMAN!

Isn't it a worry that even rioters are rejecting the printed book ?

PS Dont know who the other Julian [above ] is , I'm used to having the name all to myself on this site .

So, Julian (Rivers) - at last we discover your Achilles Heel!

I guess now would be a good time to admit my real persona in life is Julian Julianson of Julian California

just what i was think Julian.

want to get rid of my stock before i close down, so was going to leave the door open for a day or two and let them take what they want.

But i fear that there would actually be MORE books here when i come back after 24 hours of the door open.

Well they did get W H Smith in Brixton!

Being called Julian was a bit like "A boy named Sue " where I grew up but fortunately any risk of perceived lack of masculinity in the name has now been dispelled by Julian Cleary .

And what's wrong with being a boy named Sue? It's never done me any harm.
Sue (aged 37 3/4)

Sorry to hear about your daddy leaving you when you were just 3 by the way

However the wee children did 'do over' a Macdonalds I hear in East London, I assume they wished to 'supersize' the riot...and nick the free toy! Sums up the little tykes doesn't it. They did over the Oxfam bookshop in Ealing Broadway I believe, and a bookshop would combust rather well, but intelligence and these great unwashed scum, who seem to be able to hold a country to ransom...thank god they don't go together!

I feel for the poor firemen....and all the independent retailers who will have real hardship.

lol you lot do make me chuckle!!

An employee from Manchester bookstore Waterstones said the shop would not close its doors despite escalating violence in the city, saying: "We'll stay open. If they steal some books they might learn something."

Brilliant!!

That made oi larf.

This months mystery shop : "Member of staff failed to show their love of books because they were trying to dodge a molotov cocktail. 0/5."

The Bat says: Bit of an "I'm Spartacus" moment for Julian there...

Have a feeling that this news story is going to be rather popular in some circles.

Somehow I have the feeling they are more interested in Nike trainers and Greggs pasties!

Sympathy to Gays the Word and to Pages for their lost trade. I've emailed Gays the Word to see if they need any financial support to replace the window.

I imagine flower shops might also be lucky :)

Waterstones in Clapham was only spared after staff hurriedly removed the Stars of the Jeremy Kyle Show Pop-Up Book from the window.

That made oi larf.

I don't know; there may be a rush on for Bradbury's Farenheit 451...

Strangely prescient, methinks.

"It was a pleasure to burn...it was a special pleasure to see things eaten...to see things blackened and changed"

apt indeed.....bloody anarchists.

CALL FOR BATMAN!

Isn't it a worry that even rioters are rejecting the printed book ?

PS Dont know who the other Julian [above ] is , I'm used to having the name all to myself on this site .

So, Julian (Rivers) - at last we discover your Achilles Heel!

I guess now would be a good time to admit my real persona in life is Julian Julianson of Julian California

just what i was think Julian.

want to get rid of my stock before i close down, so was going to leave the door open for a day or two and let them take what they want.

But i fear that there would actually be MORE books here when i come back after 24 hours of the door open.

Well they did get W H Smith in Brixton!

Being called Julian was a bit like "A boy named Sue " where I grew up but fortunately any risk of perceived lack of masculinity in the name has now been dispelled by Julian Cleary .

And what's wrong with being a boy named Sue? It's never done me any harm.
Sue (aged 37 3/4)

Sorry to hear about your daddy leaving you when you were just 3 by the way

lol you lot do make me chuckle!!

An employee from Manchester bookstore Waterstones said the shop would not close its doors despite escalating violence in the city, saying: "We'll stay open. If they steal some books they might learn something."

Brilliant!!

You should try Tarquin for size......

However the wee children did 'do over' a Macdonalds I hear in East London, I assume they wished to 'supersize' the riot...and nick the free toy! Sums up the little tykes doesn't it. They did over the Oxfam bookshop in Ealing Broadway I believe, and a bookshop would combust rather well, but intelligence and these great unwashed scum, who seem to be able to hold a country to ransom...thank god they don't go together!

I feel for the poor firemen....and all the independent retailers who will have real hardship.

This months mystery shop : "Member of staff failed to show their love of books because they were trying to dodge a molotov cocktail. 0/5."

The Bat says: Bit of an "I'm Spartacus" moment for Julian there...

I completely agree Karen.

it is a surprise that the looters haven't broken down Waterstone's doors to get hold of the latest Katie Price item for free.

I blame the Grandparents.

I am glad it's just all over!