Monday 18 December 2017

Andrew Grice: What happened to the Tottenham I once called home?

Andrew Grice

FOUR weeks on, the people of Tottenham still describe their state of "shock" and "bereavement" over the riots which sparked copycat disturbances in English towns and cities.

That was the message that local residents, community leaders and businessmen delivered to UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg when he visited the north London borough yesterday.

Takings in the shops are down 75pc, according to local traders. The loss of shops destroyed in the riot, including the blazing Carpetright store which became a symbol of the disorder, make the area less attractive to outsiders. Restaurants say business is sluggish; some regulars will not visit after 7pm in case there is more trouble.

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