The Walthamstow Riot that wasn’t: weaves on Hoe Street and one copper for every two kids
DID you see news on the Walthamstow riot? The story goes that two teenagers were fighting over a man. The action took place on Hoe street. A few girls joined in the aggro. Lots of people stood about watching.
The Daily Star’s Roy McKeown invites readers to watch the “riot”.
WATCH: Violent scenes as huge riot breaks out in Walthamstow – …a huge riot broke out in east London.
A huge riot?
Yes, a huge riot, says the Standard:
The BBC has more:
That riot is now a “fight”.
A 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of affray and an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
A riot with just three arrests. Was that because three were too few police to nab the rioters?
No, ssys the Huffington Post. There were lots and lots of coppers.
Wow. One copper for every two rioters.
The Daily Mail takes up the story:
Police flooded a north-east London suburb with officers last night after a row said to be between two girls from rival schools developed into a near-riot.
The Star’s “huge riot” is now the Mail’s “near riot” and the BBC’s “fight”.
The Mail continues:
More than 100 officers and were forced to close an entire street outside the station after the fight involving mainly teenage girls, some brandishing baseball bats. One video of appears to show a young women ripping hair extensions from another’s head while in another, a young girl is beaten to the ground with a bat.
In this video we see one bat:
A police spokesman goes on the record:
“Due to the large numbers and calls about a fight several police resources were deployed. At the time of the police arrival, the group were not committing offences but their presence in such numbers would be alarming to members of the public as would the volume of police vehicles. It is important to stress there has been no riot. The MPS Territorial Support Group were called and dealt with a large group who refused to leave.”
But the baseball bats?
— najma (@najma_yo) October 6, 2015
And the carnage: