Speaking after the briefing at Waltham Forest Town Hall –
Liberal Democrat councillor for High Street ward Mahmood Hussain said:
“I have spent much of the last two days talking to local shopkeepers and residents affected by the violence. Over 50 businesses have been affected in central Walthamstow. It is shocking to see so many people’s hard work destroyed. I have been impressed with how people are working together to put things right.”
Cllr Winnie Smith (Leyton ward) has also been talking to and visiting businesses and residents in Leyton.
Cllr Farooq Qureshi (Forest ward) added:
“These people don’t have a political message. Looting a Lidl and smashing restaurant windows is not going to sort out any of the problems that residents face. At the end of the day it is local people who will lose jobs and income as a result of this criminal behaviour.”
Cllr Liz Phillips (Cann Hall) said:
“The police have assured us that there will be more officers on duty tonight. The council has been working to remove debris and potential weapons from the street. It is important that parents know where their children are and that everyone take responsibility for calming the situation.”