The riots reached Manchester eventually. So far the trouble has been confined to the city centre and Salford shopping city.
Earlier today there were seven police vans, containing dibble dressed in riot gear, in Piccadilly Gardens, and some people working in the city centre were advised to go home early from work as a precaution.
The police then dispersed amid reports of incidents in Salford on Regent Road and at the precinct. The copper chopper has been circling since, but that’s nowt new in Salford.
Several restaurants and shops in Manchester city centre closed early. These include the Evening News’ token office. Despite being at the scene of the start of the incidents, the paper didn’t get on to the story until nearly 6pm.
Meanwhile, Navajo, fresh from taking a breather, got back into town to cover events for AFL. He reports Miss Selfridge on fire, the Arndale shut and police using batons to hit people. Salford is burning as another fire near the precinct has just started (as of 8.20pm).
Here’s some pics from the day/evening’s events: