Video: Rioters Drink as London Burns

By Will Godfrey 08/09/11

Booze is inevitably mixed in with the chaos as violence spreads from London to other English cities.

Two female participants in the rioting and looting that has engulfed London since Saturday night spoke off-camera to a BBC reporter earlier today [video below]. Swigging at 9:30 am from a bottle of "free" rose wine that they had looted from a local store in Croydon, in the far South of the city, they told the journalist that the mayhem had been "good fun"—and that they had been drinking all night. The girls said that "hopefully" the carnage would continue, but at press time London was eerily quiet after a massive show of force from 16,000 cops on the streets. However, trouble flared in other English cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. Meanwhile recovery network In The Rooms announced that it will hold an online video 12-step meeting tomorrow (August 10) at 8 pm local time for Brits who feel unsafe leaving their homes to attend meetings.

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