August 10th, 2011
02:22 PM ET

London riots inspire army of street cleaners

Perhaps not all news out of London is bad news.  In the aftermath of the city’s most devastating riots in decades, London’s more civic-minded citizens took to the streets.  Armed with brooms, the mob gathered to clean up the mess left by rioters.  Take a look at the video above.

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  1. chris

    U.S. corporations are sending jobs overseas to profit on cheaper labor & cheaper taxes, right? You'd think they'd be making a ton of money, they' should have strong balance sheets & their stock would be soaring. Instead, Americans have not only lost jobs that went overseas, they have to make up the taxes that U.S. corporations are paying to foreign governments &not the U.S> now Amer. workers take another hit, their Portfolios of investments (401k's, etc.) because the stock in american companies are plummeting. Who gets blamed? AMERICANS NOT BUYING ENOUGH. It's a vicious circle

    August 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Ben

      Please relate this to the story.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:03 am | Reply
    • dfdfdg

      hahaha whites with brooms to clean up the mess the afro carribeans made! go round the up and force march them through the city cleaning up their own mess

      August 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
      • Jason K

        That might be true dfdfdg, I looked pretty hard and I could discern an individual that was not white. However, a LOT of the looters I saw were also white. Despotism is not racially bound.

        August 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
      • sighingman

        Clapham Junction is an expensive area, hence most of the people clearing it up are more likley to be affluent, and on demographic alone more likely to be white. No idea who cleared up in Tottenham

        August 12, 2011 at 5:36 am |
    • Slim_Sammy

      I like cats.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Reply
      • Joxer the Mighty

        So do I!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        August 12, 2011 at 6:01 am |
    • Joe

      I love lamp.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Reply
      • Jerol

        Want to come to the pants party?

        August 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
      • Homeless Jo

        I"M SHOUTING

        August 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
      • anon_urmom

        LOUD NOISES !

        August 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • yoube


      August 12, 2011 at 12:58 am | Reply
  2. Michelle G

    This is heartening. Restores some faith in humanity after the riots that seem to view materialism over anything else.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    Yes, it was a sophisticated art to defy the rioters and make them feel ashamed, if they have a conscience.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • Jack of all trades

      I completely agree. There's no better reaction, as a citizen, to these events. Everyone has a conscience and, how ever little these rioters are affected they're bound to feel bad when your peers are stuck with the clean up.

      August 12, 2011 at 7:46 am | Reply
  4. svann

    That would be a good job for people on the dole.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:13 am | Reply
  5. Brick House

    Look at the faces of those cleaning up and those tearing down. that will tell the story.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:53 am | Reply
  6. Jason K

    To those doing something constructive in the video, "Jolly good chaps".

    Now it should be easier for the bobbies to identify the despot, hoodie wearing, hoodlums intent on wanton anarchy and mayhem; and dump them in the middle the Australian outback like the good ol days.

    But, instead I'm sure they'll just screw with the Irish more and ignore the problems staring them in their faces. I mean...that's the English way right?

    All that CCTV and still hardly any justice done. Haven't you sods ever watched the Bourne Supremecy? You see them running with bread, leave em be, you see em with a TV and BANG "headshot". Problem solved, message sent, and still time for tea.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  7. Slim_Sammy

    The video I saw showed a crowd holding brooms and chanting. Is that the right video? What were they saying? Regardless, I applaud those who took the time to clean up.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  8. Pliny

    Treat the rioters like a king.

    Rodney King.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  9. Annoyed

    Hey CNN, when I click on a link to watch a video, I don't want to sit through advertisement videos.
    Can't you stupid effers advertise with banners and keep the commercials on TV!

    August 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  10. reddon

    Is it a coincident that no matter were Africans reside in a Anglo world, he is always face with the same issue. Sub Standard Education, low wage jobs, covert discriminatory practice in almost every segment of society. And then painted and label lazy, people who don't want to learn or work hard to make it in life. Beggars of welfare and other beneficial handouts. One question that confuse me whenever Anglo's label blacks as lazy. If we are truely lazy then it most be tied into our genetic. And if that is truely the case., then what do you call a people that invades a continent and kidnapp millions upon millions of Africans to the North, South American, AND caribbean and use them as slaves,. for over 500 years. I call them full of sh$%$

    August 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • anon_urmom

      Black tribed took slaves from other tribes and sold them to us. It's not like 50 white guys got off the boat with whips and rope and just started picking people like free roaming horses or something. Get an education.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • fstyle

      White people did not invade Africa. Black people sold black people to white people.

      August 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Reply
      • WhiteBoyBob

        Shut the f.... Up

        August 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
      • yoube

        SO VERY TRUE!!!

        August 12, 2011 at 12:56 am |
  11. Jihad on you

    You missed a spot!

    Jihad on you!

    August 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  12. What the racists dont want you to see


    August 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  13. JLew

    Where are the so-called royels. Why are they being silent? Ashamed? They should be. Living off the people,

    August 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  14. Riz

    Kill all these mfs

    August 12, 2011 at 7:09 am | Reply
  15. gulaza mlas

    blacks are a disease on this planet, these monkeys destroy everything

    August 12, 2011 at 10:41 am | Reply

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