Police have complained of being run ragged a large number of incidents and assaults last night.
Eltham saw the cinema evacuated, Welling had shops targeted and Woolwich saw numerous incidents.
At Welling, police state people had “been rampaging through Tesco Express where a member of staff and two members of the public were assaulted. With a lack of officers available we stopped as many as we could, the rest ran”.
Two cars were overturned in the area. Blenhill police took to social media to explain and express frustration.
Over in Woolwich a large number of incidents were reported. A large police presence did not seem to impact groups targeting the public with complaints of police inaction.
Some reports state police watched as fireworks were launched at lone women walking home from the DLR and rail station. Residents complain police could see but didn’t raise voices at perpetrators let alone move in.
It would appear the decision not to intervene in some cases has cost authorities quite a bit of faith from the public.
In contrast a video does show police chasing some an individual near stations in Woolwich earlier in the evening.
Perhaps they were outnumbered later in the evening and thought it prudent to sit back – though many are baffled. There are fears it has now emboldened those causing problems in coming days.