Lines of police tape sealed Tottenham High Road today and smoke rose from the worst damaged buildings as residents gathered to see what was left of their high street.
The destroyed Carpetright building, the historic landmark gutted by fire, was surrounded by fire engines amid concern it was at risk of collapse, the remaining support pillars visibly buckling.
The local Two Brewers pub was so thoroughly looted that even its bar pumps had been taken. Bookmakers William Hill and Ladbrokes were boarded up. Even the jobcentre had been attacked - a blow for the 105,000 in the borough on jobseeker allowance.
"Look what these people have done," said Igbu Kehinde, 36, as he surveyed the scene from behind the police lines. "What about those of us who work here? I've already lost a day's wage because I couldn't get to work yesterday because the road was sealed off. I've lost money and there's little enough to go round as there is."
Tottenham is one of London's most deprived areas. Teenage pregnancies are among the highest in Britain, with 53 girls aged 15 to 17 in every 1,000 becoming pregnant annually. It also among the most ethnically diverse - 50 per cent white, a quarter Afro-Caribbean and the rest primarily Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Asian.
For an older generation the riot brought back memories of the Eighties. In 1985 the area erupted after the death of Cynthia Jarrett while police were searching her home. Policeman Keith Blakelock died in rioting on the Broadwater Farm estate.
It was memories of those riots as much as the weekend's violence which fuelled the fear in the area on Sunday night.
As dusk fell people were told to get off the streets for their own safety. "Go home, get a takeaway and watch anything that happens on TV," one constable advised. "These are bad people who did this. Kids out of control. When I was young it was all Pacman and board games. Now they're playing Grand Theft Auto and want to live it for themselves."
By the time it was dark, the roads were empty except for small groups of young men in the shadows of the adjoining roads. On one of the few buses still running, a man in a wheelchair was terrified.
"If they come for us," he shouted at the driver, "just stop and get us off. We don't want to be here if there are bricks coming through the window." Some told how the problems in the Eighties resulted in a flood of government investment to try to improve the area.
"What you have to understand is that no one listens to us unless we make them," said one local. "After the Broadwater Farm riot, they built us a new swimming pool. That's the way it is here."
Many of those at the police line had been needing to use the High Street and now were unsure where to go instead.
"The jobcentre's gone," said one man. "Where do I now go to sign on? Whatever the rights or wrongs over [Mark Duggan's] death this isn't right. This isn't right at all."
"These are bad people who did this. Kids out of control. When I was young it was all Pacman and board games. Now they're playing Grand Theft Auto and want to live it for themselves."
And I blame the constant pot breaking, chicken catching on Zelda, walking inside one's home and steal their live savings from RPGs.
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