Pubs burn as London riots continue
on 09/08/11 at 4:05 pmBooze News
Landlords have described the “war zones” in which pubs have been set on fire and customers targeted for mass-muggings as balaclava-wearing youths ran amok in town centres across the country.
Alan McCabe, owner of the Old Fox and Hounds pub in Croydon, south London, told the BBC: “It kicked off very quickly, very sharpishly, and we tried moving people out the pub as fast as possible.
“We blocked up the front doors and moved them out the back. I ripped off all the spirits off the optic behind the bar, so that if anyone did break in they couldn’t be Molotovs.
“Unfortunately I had a 90 year old woman in the pub. She comes in for a cup of tea, a nice quiet woman. She got a little wound up so I carried her across the road to the police who were very accommodating.
“Just as I got her there the riot group, 200 strong, pushed forward. There were bottles, bricks, smoke everywhere; they just don’t care. I’ve never seen such a disregard for human life.”