posted on Aug, 8 2011 @ 10:30 PM
I've just got back from Birmingham city centre.
Had to walk 5 miles because they completely stopped all traffic in and out, at around 10pm.
I just quickly checked the news, and they seem to be playing it down alot.
I first arrived at around 9.30 pm, and almost a soon as I got there, there were about 250 people randomly tearing through the one high street.
The police took their time making any kind of approach, and then just formed an orderly line at the one end holding their position. They pretty much
allowed everyone to raid what ever they wanted and let them disapitate them selves.
At first I though that was a good tactic because within the short time it took to loot everything, the street would clear.
However, the looters just carried on to the next hight street and continued. Again the police were rather slow in responce and barely looked
Any way that pattern continued for a least a few hours, with the looters systematically taking each road.
I noticed the police though, there were slowly trying to box everyone in the centre of town, they were approaching from all positions, but this wasnt
obvious to many it seems.
Any way, I left eventually when it had all died down, they managed to pretty much secure the town centre, with a just a few odd gangs around who
werent interested in looting.
On my journey home though I witnessed a few small shops being robbed, presumably by the same looters.
The police tactics worked in the end, but they could have done it faster!! They barely moved to stop anyone doing anything....which I find strange.
The responce to each place that had been robbed was probably on average 25 minutes. Is that strange?
By the way I would just like to say I did not encounter any violence, and I was amoung people that you might "expect" it from.
All everyone wanted was loot.
And I am kind of sorry to say, yes the majority of "rioters" were young black men.
Had to say it because I heard certain black friends telling everyone else not to be racist, when everyone had just merely described the main
So there you go, a real account, cuz the BBC didnt seem to keen on repoerting that.