[...] refused bail and then sentenced to six months in prison for stealing a £3.50 bottle of water.
The reason? All the shopkeepers had given up on Police backup. The police were stretched thin and groups of shopkeeper were protecting their streets baseball bat style.
No. Sales of baseball bats on Amazon.co.uk surged to 5000% during that week. A baseball bat is far more effective a weapon than a cricket bat. It's shorter, thicker at the barrel, can be swung with power from any angle and is easily concealable and comes in both wood or aluminum, whereas a cricket bat has limitations in the aforementioned areas and afaik it only comes in wood.
A better reason to have avoided the riots than the chances of the police "banging you up". Rioters were thieving scum who wouldn't even have known Mark Duggans name.
posted by fistynuts at 2:04 PM on August 23 [+] [!]
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