The riots followed a peaceful demonstration on Saturday night held over a fatal shooting of a man in Tottenham last Thursday. Several police cars and a double decker bus was set a light. Commentators, members of parliament and Police commissioner have called for peace, bey meanwhile the violence has continued unabated. Ordinary citizens have lost homes and many business places have been looted.
For years community groups have been trying hard to build understanding between the black community and the wider society, and with one year to go before the Olympics an ugly shadow has been cast over the safety and security of London.
Hundreds of police have been deployed in the affected areas bearing riot shields, batons and even dogs and horse mounted police to try to control the rioters. Only to be met with missiles of rocks bottles and fire bombs.
Even while Prime Minster David Cameron, and Mayor Boris Johnson have cut short their holidays to deal with the situation at home, serious questions need to be asked and even more serious, answers need to be had concerning why such violence could have been provoked and spread on such a widescale.
But before any such commission of enquiry can take place, order must be restored