What we have learned from people’s reactions to the wave of rioting, looting and burning hitting UK cities over the past few days and nights, is that some heroic individuals are willing pay that sometimes very high price.
People like the band of brushers. It started in Clapham in south London, now others are doing it too – cleaning up the mess – trying to restore dignity to their streets. If you want to join visit this site – www.riotcleanup.co.uk – or just get a brush. Hogwarts students welcome to bring a broom. Cost = time and effort.
What I didn’t know was that she has recently recovered from breast cancer, nor that she was roughed up while trying to rescue a young white lad attacked by black youths. Cost = risking her health.
People like the man beaten and left for dead in Ealing, west London. He confronted a group setting fire to wheelie bins. Not sure of his identity because his wallet was stolen too. Last I heard he was critically ill. Cost = risking his life.
*** Sad news update – The man, 68 year old Richard Mannington Bowes, died in hospital from his injuries. ***
People like Haroon Jahan, Shahzad Ali and Abdul Musavir. They were helping to guard shops in Birmingham from looters when a car was driven at them, killing all three. A man has been arrested for their murder. Haroon’s father, Tariq Jahan, has been speaking out. His message: “I have lost my son – if you want to lose yours step forward, otherwise calm down.” Cost = three lives.
I don’t suppose any of those people had heroics in mind when they left home, but heroes is what they were – are. Great to have them.