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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Last night in Hackney

Like everyone we are shocked and saddened by the unrest and violence in Hackney last night – our thoughts are very much with the local businesses whose property was damaged and residents who were placed in frightening situations beyond their control.

It seems that last night’s events did not spread up to Stoke Newington High Street and Church Street and by this morning, the roads and pavements had been cleared thanks to the fantastic work of council staff. However, we can understand that people are nervous about further unrest and we encourage you to follow the advice of the Police and stay indoors if there is more disorder.

We are proud of our community in Stoke Newington and Hackney – we are strong and we know we can get through this together.

In response to last night’s events, the Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe issued the following statement: “I am appalled by the events of last night. There were people bent on violence who attached not just property and local businesses but put residents in fear of their lives. The Council has cleared away all the debris from last night and Hackney is going about its business, but if we are to avoid a repeat of last night, I am urging families across London to make sure they know where their children are and to support the police in identifying perpetrators.

“The Council’s cleaners were on the streets throughout the night and had cleared away all the debris, apart from a few burnt out cars, by 7.30am, and I would like to pay tribute to them for their hard work. I would also like to thank the several hundred residents and volunteers who turned up at Hackney Town Hall this morning offering to help clean up the borough. This shows overwhelming generosity and community spirit and many were keen to go and help in other parts of London when it was clear the clean up in Hackney was already complete.”

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