Scenes of chaos cast over the streets of London in recent days were described by one Donegal Town man who was caught up in the riots this week as being like “Armageddon”.
Communications Engineer, Raymond Britton from Donegal Town has been living in the English capital for the last 23 years and says he has never witnessed scenes like this before.
Raymond, who works for Virgin Engineering and covers much of central London, the heartland of where some of the most serious rioting has taken place, in his employment
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat he says the last few days have been “mayhem”.
“I have just came out from Hammersmith and we had to evacuate the building but it had already kicked off at that statge. Everyone was just running to get home, to get out of central London. It was just mayhem, complete mayhem. I had to phone around all my colleagues to make sure that everyone has got out and back to their families,” he stated.
He said they were still bracing themselves for further rioting and looting, which broke out a number of days ago.
“It is just like Armageddon. Its the worst thing I have ever seen. As I drove back up the road all I could see was smoke hitting the horizon where whole buildings were on fire. It’s just a complete nightmare. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Much of the rioting has been linked to the shooting dead of a man by police in Tottenham last week but the violence and destruction has spread right across central London and other parts of the UK including Birmingham.
Raymond explained: “I work in central London and we were working in Hammersmith and when we came down we noticed there was calls coming through from the porters in the building saying ‘look, we need to get everybody out of the building’. By the time we had got down it had already kicked off in Hammersmith where they had started to vandalise the shops and every thing else. I then received a call from my partner, she was in Edgeware, and it had kicked off there and they were smashing the shop front there. Other colleagues had said there was already buildings in Southall attacked.”
He said there was a huge sense of frustration among the majority of the population at the apparent failure to bring the situation under control earlier.
“I can’t believe they cannot get it under control and I cannot believe they don not use the army to resolve this. Its an absolute disgrace and the riots are not because of the individual who died last week, they are opportunists who are just out to rob everything they can,” he added.