UK RIOTS: Fire fighters tend to a fire-damaged shop and flats above it after the rioting that took place the previous night at Clapham Junction. Photo: Matt Dunham, AAP.
UK RIOTS: Fire fighters tend to a fire-damaged shop and flats above it after the rioting that took place the previous night at Clapham Junction. Photo: Matt Dunham, AAP. AAP

Warwick travellers lie low in UK

WARWICK families of now London-based people say they are keeping watch on developments overseas.

While Facebook has provided snippets of information about the riots, loved ones say they are watching news updates and relying on their common sense to stay safe.

Former Warwick State High School student Laura Morrissey took to her Facebook page to say she could “hear sirens and helicopters” from her bed.

Father Paul Morrissey said while he hadn’t spoken to his 26-year-old daughter all that lately, he was safe in the knowledge she would be OK.

“She’s not far from all the riots but it’s all over (England) at the moment,” he said.

“I think it’s pretty right during the day though.”

Laura has been in London for four years working with insurance and Mr Morrissey said she was “almost a local”.

“She’s trying hard not to get the accent though,” he said.

Fellow Warwick expat Nate Eyears had been in London for three months when he found himself in the midst of the action in Tottenham.

He posted on his Facebook wall the riots were “pretty close” but that he was “OK for now”.

“All the shops have been shut by police on my High St, riots are one mile away, London is burning. It’s getting crazy here!” he wrote two days ago.

Father John Eyears said there was “an element of concern” with family members.

“He’s indicated it’s been getting a bit out of hand over there and he’s about a kilometre and a half from where the trouble had been,” he said.

“He’s been keeping his head low and trying and keeping out of it.

“He’s out of harm’s way now and got common sense to stay away from the area.”

Former Assumption College student, 27-year-old Nate went over to London on a two-year working visa and is currently working in sales.

Mr Eyears said he thought the lack of police control seemed strange, considering the Olympic Games in London were just one year out.

Another Warwick traveller, Laura Carr, took to her Facebook to joke she would join in the action.

“Might head out for a bit of light looting today in London,” she wrote.

“I do need a new TV.”



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