For the second evening in a row I find myself glued to the television news channels, unable to tear myself aware from the horror unfolding across the UK.
It started out in London, moved to Birmingham, then Bristol and Liverpool and now Nottingham and Manchester.
Riots everywhere. Fires burning, hot and fierce. Alarms blaring out. Homes and Businesses lost.
Already 1 person has lost his life, a 26 year old man, shot during the riots in Croydon. He lost his battle to live this morning. He was 26, a year younger than me. It’s heart breaking.
The news seems to be mainly concentrating on Birmingham and Manchester. The riots across London seem to be calming down (knock on wood).
There have been 111 police officers and 5 police dogs injured. Over 500 arrested. Custody suites throughout London are full to the seams, practically bursting. Sky News are reporting that one of the rioters and looters arrested was just 11 years old.
What is the world coming to when the police are arresting 11 year olds for public disorder? Where are their parents?
This is a horrific time for the UK. My heart goes out to those affected and my deepest and sincerest thanks goes out to our emergency services for their continued hard work during this difficult and trying time.