All quiet in Highgate this evening
By LiseS | Tuesday, August 09, 2011, 19:04
Highgate, Archway and Crouch End are open for business as usual this evening - supermarkets, restaurrants and local retailers are keeping their usual evening opening hours, and commuters are heading back home as normal. Following an armed incident at Costa Coffee on the Broadway earlier, Crouch End has a slightly increased police presence, but this is said to be largely precautionary.
Highgate has not so far been afflicted by the problems that caused shops in other areas to close their shutters and tube stations to shut, as with nearby Holloway and Camden Town. Despite a little increased anxiety fuelled by news reports of disturbances elsewhere in London, most people appear to be going about their daily lives as normal in the local area.
Prime Minister David Cameron flew back to the UK to convene a meeting of COBRA, the government's emergency planning committee, and earlier announced an increased police presence on London's streets tonight in an effort to deter a fourth night of rioting. Up to 16,000 officers will be deployed around the capital in response to the violent disorder which began on Saturday in Tottenham and spread across London.
Earlier today, reports circulated of a robbery at Costa Coffee on Crouch End Broadway. The store was undamaged and remained open. This and a previous attack on Blockbuster video appear to be the only incidents to take place in the local area, and seem to be isolated.
Thornton's Budgens is collecting items for victims of rioting in Tottenham. Bedding, clothes and toileteries are all welcome before 8pm tonight or after 6.30am tomorrow - all donations will be delivered to Apex House service centre in South Tottenham.
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