The local police and shopping centre management did an excellent job in their response. When the centre closed early, they managed to get all shoppers out of the centre in 8 minutes.
83 businesses in the borough were affected and the police are now going through 1200 CCTV images - there have been 118 arrests so far, but this is an ongoing process. At the moment the Borough Commander is unable to give a picture of the demographics of who instigated and who participated in the disturbances locally as it has to be assumed that as the images are processed the picture could well change.
Anecdotally there was a broad cross-section of people involved and he told me about a pensioner with a walking stick and a mother with a child in a pushchair walking out of a sports store with new trainers, alongside those that 'fit' with the image of a 17-25-year-old looter. However, there has been widespread condemnation of the riots and looting and a great deal of support for the police.