Looters target IT retailers and Sony distribution centre burns in riots


Looters target IT retailers and Sony distribution centre burns in riots

Simon Quicke
The riots that swept London last night have touched the IT industry with the Sony distribution centre in Enfield set alight and tech retailers including Currys and PC World targeted by looters.

Riots have been spreading across London for the last three nights and reached other cities including Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham and Liverpool as people took to the streets to fight the police, loot shops and burn cars and buses.

The Sony distribution centre in North London, which stocks the vendors CDs and DVDs was engulfed in flames and IT retailers were targeted by looters.

One eye witness told MicroScope that looting of the Woolwich branch of PC World had taken place last night with looters going for plasma TVs and high value consumer electronic items.

A Sony spokesperson told Reuters that the inevitable result of the blaze in the three-storey distribution centre would be delays to deliveries of CDs and DVDs.

PC World branches in other parts of London including Colliers Wood were targeted by looters and the previous night Currys had its branch in Brixton impacted by those determined to take advantage of the confusion caused by the riots to steal products.

Director general of the British Retail Consortium, Stephen Robertson, said after the riots at the weekend that it deplored the criminal actions against retailers.

"There may be genuine economic or community relations grievances in these areas but they will not be helped by torching shops," he said.

"Retail is at the heart of thriving communities. Clearly, with high streets under pressure anyway, at least some of the businesses destroyed will not be able to re-establish themselves, causing long-term damage," he added.

The Prime Minister has spoken this morning about ramping up the number of police in the capital tonight as the politicians try to get on top of the situation.

With the looters targeting stores that offer both high value items that can be sold as well as products they would like to own themselves the fear is that more rioting could take place tonight.

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