The aftermath of London’s Riot!!

These extraordinary photos show the true extent of the destruction caused by the widespread rioting. Before the disturbances these were businesses and homes, with one having survived two World Wars. But after ransacking stores the rioters gleefully set properties alight, cheering at their handiwork as they saw flames engulf the buildings.Their actions have left not only charred shells where homes and livelihoods used to stand, but also a deep scar on England’s streets.

The House of  Reeves has stood on the same corner in Croydon for 140 years, surviving both World Wars. It was targeted by rioters as violence spread across the capital on Monday evening. Flames ripped through the historic building and spread to neighbouring businesses as firemen battled desperately and in vain to quell the inferno. Now the Reeves family, who have owned the business for five generations, will have to demolish the remains and rebuild.

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