As London experiences what police officers are calling the "worst rioting and looting in living memory"--with violence raging for a third straight night in several London neighborhoods and locations outside the capital after a fatal police shooting on Thursday--many fascinating stories are getting passed around the web this morning. Here are some of the most noteworthy:
- Three times as many police at royal wedding Amidst criticism that British law enforcement hasn't effectively responded to the riots, Gawker noted that the U.K. had dispatched 1,700 police officers to the riots compared with 5,000 for the Royal Wedding British. Prime Minister David Cameron has since announced that he will up the number of police officers on London streets tonight from 6,000 to 16,000.
- Independent record labels lose all their inventory The Guardian notes that a Sony DADC distribution warehouse in north London burned to the ground on Monday night, destroying the entire inventory of the Pias Group, the primary distributor for more than 150 independent music labels. Reuters has a photo of the destroyed building:
- Restaurant staff to the rescue Gawker points us to a story of staff at the upscale Ledbury restaurant attacking looters with "rolling pins, fry baskets, and other dangerous kitchen tools." The staff also showered diners with champagne and whisky and hid them in a wine cellar.
- Heroism in Hackney The New Statesman notes that in Hackney, "Kurds (some of them former Peshmerga fighters) and Turks bravely defended their shops and restaurants with bats and sticks." The site also points to a clip of a West Indian resident pleading with rioters to stop the violence in an impassioned, invective-laden speech: