I just got back from a week in Manchester, UK. As I'm sure many of you are aware it got hit with some riots, purely coincidental I swear.
It was essentially just an excuse to go on the rob and steal stuff, with the tactic of safety in numbers, as the cops can't be everywhere at once.
Apart from shop windows being broken (mostly just cracked from hammer blows rather than put through completely) and of course the Miss Selfridge that was set alight (presumably because there's nothing worth nicking in there) the "violence" was fairly targeted.
Unlike the rioting in London (shouts to my LDN mandem) where everything got pretty trashed in Manchester it was slightly more organized as scallies targeted shops that cater to their needs. That's to say places that sell sneakers and tracksuits and clothing like Foot Asylum, and Vans, Diesel Jeans, and Primark (?!) as well as the obvious jewelry shops and pawn brokers.
The ensuing media hype would have one believe that Manchester was left looking like Baghdad but when I went for a walk to assess the damage it was pretty much normal bar a few cracked windows. The city was far more trashed by Rangers fans a few years back.
All I can say is that it was a very sad state of affairs, and a depressing day for Manchester, one true Mancunians will remember as deplorable.