Rumours fly everywhere, so it's important to establish the reliability of the sources. There have been claims of disorder where there are none. But some are indisputably true, and as ever I feel wordless. Distressed, outraged, and utterly perplexed - but...but we don't do this sort of thing! Well, apparently some do. The rest of us twitch with helplessness and indignation.
Not all entirely helpless - many have been out cleaning up after the riots - what one Twitter user described as a 'riot of goodness'. There seems to be a determination that we will not let ourselves be tarnished by the actions of the few, and we ourselves are prepared to clean up the mess in sheer defiance. Get your broom and go.
General advice seems to be don't panic, and stay out of the way at scenes of disorder. A sea of spectators will not help get things under control.
So we sit and wait from a distance, praying in our frustration and our disappointment that there will be an end to the senselessness, to the disregard, to the pain that is being inflicted in so many ways.
Woman leaps from burning building in Croydon last night
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