Meanwhile, West Midlands Police said that there was some disorder this evening in Wolverhampton. This afternoon a string of shops had already closed and even built barriers to try to avoid tens of thousands of pounds of damage. Managers decided to shut the Southside shopping centre in Wandsworth, south London, to avoid the risk of looting and violence.
The popular shopping centre of upmarket Kingston-upon-Thames was the latest to fall victim to the fear spreading across the capital, with businesses advised to consider closing early. The vast majority of shops in Peckham closed before 3pm as staff were sent home early.