At tonight’s special Council meeting myself, Gill and Allison witnessed Superintendent Andy Rowell, Borough Commander tell his side of the story…
Many questions have been asked about Police presence on the night of the riots and there have been criticisms too. What many people wouldn’t have even contemplated is that there were only 35 officers in Ealing Broadway on the night of the riots. Pleas for more assistance via the Resourcing Centre were met with ‘no resources are available’. Having already sent 37 of his specially trained officers to alternative London locations Supt Andy Rowell was unable to retrieve them to handle the ensuing riots on his own patch.
Supt Andy Rowell broke down when he re-told how the events of the night played out and how his officers were severely outnumbered attempting to deal with around 200 rioters in Bond Street alone. No riot shields, no helmets, no special uniform – nothing.
After listening to this compelling account of the Ealing riots spontaneous applause broke out amongst the chamber and for those of us sitting watching the live video link.
After the prayer meeting on Ealing Green we had an early dinner in Carluccio’s. I booked a table knowing my son would be most upset if it was too busy. For the first time in the 7 years I have lived in Ealing the place was practically empty. And remained so until we left around 8.30pm. Walking back to West Ealing along Mattock Lane we stopped off to look at the preparations for the Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple chariot festival tomorrow. We then carried on along the Uxbridge Road home – West Ealing was like a ghost town, incredibly depressing to see.
Let’s please support Ealing and the local traders however we can, they need us more than ever.
Walking along West Ealing Broadway this afternoon at the closed, boarded up shops I wonder if they will ever re-open?
Seba Electronics is a small family run business trading in the area for some 40 years; all their stock stolen in one night. Goldmine is the same. And whilst Blockbuster is no small independent it has a role to play on the corner of St James Avenue, an area well known to the Police for drug dealing. With Blockbuster on one corner and Farah now on the other this area was looking partially revitalised. There are also plans in place for a monthly craft market here starting in the Autumn, specifically placed in St James to help with this problem.
On a brighter note I went into Luckhurts and bought some fine quality meat at great prices – support your local traders in these difficult times.