London riots: residents use Twitter to organise clean up
Published 09/08/2011 | 10:49
Thousands of people disgusted by scenes of rioting took to social networking sites this morning to organise clean-up groups in an effort to take back their streets.
Londoners set up Facebook and Twitter accounts to encourage individuals to bring bin bags and brooms to tackle the mess caused by looters.
One Facebook group called “post riot clean-up: let’s help London” had more than 1,500 followers by today.
A supporter called Callum Smith wrote on the site: “I live in Kent but am more than willing to help in any way with the clean up.
“Could anyone tell me where I may be needed the most. Fb (Facebook), email me, many thanks and my support and thoughts go out to all those affected by these brutal thugs, may our country bring them to justice-hard!!”
Meanwhile a website called riotcleanup.co.uk called on “Londoners who care” to get out on the streets and assist with putting the city back on its feet.
The site advises those wanting to help to bring heavy-duty bin bags, brooms, dustpans and gloves.
It also gave details of times and locations where those keen to help could gather. Meetings were arranged across London including Camden, Ealing and Bethnall Green, and another meeting was planned in Birmingham.
The website stated: “This is not about the riots. This is about the clean up – Londoners who care, coming together to engender a sense of community.”
People attending the rebuilding sessions are using the hashtags #londoncleanup and #riotcleanup to organise themselves.
A second Facebook group called “Supporting the Met Police against the London rioters” also saw huge support after being set up yesterday.
It received more than a quarter of a million users in seven hours as people posted updates on rioting they had witnessed and voiced their thanks to the police.
Kellie Hackney wrote on the site: "I'm joining this group to show support to my fiancee and all his work mates who have been working 20 hour days for the past few days to sort out the riots in London.
“Stay safe all you boys and girls in blue xx. We're with you. Kellie x”