Thousands of people have rallied to help the victims of the riots, donating food, toys, and clothing to families who have lost homes and businesses.
Church congregations, charity workers and individual residents have offered their services in the parts of London, Birmingham, Manchester and other towns that were hit by looting and vandalism over the past week.
Volunteers handed out drinks and sandwiches to the police and council workers who were cleaning up, while donations of thousands of items of clothing, toys, books and utensils have been made to help victims.
An appeal to support an 89-year-old barber, Aaron Biber, whose north London shop was destroyed in the rioting, has raised £5,000 already.
Another website appeal to help Shiva Kandiah, whose shop in Hackney, east London, was looted and then severely damaged by a fire, has also received donations of £5,000 within hours of it being set up. Residents and local workers said they wanted to help Mr Kandiah, 39, who has a family but “nothing left” of his business.
The British Red Cross has been distributing vouchers in Croydon, south London, to people who lost their homes and possessions as a result of the disorder. The vouchers can be exchanged for clothing and other items in British Red Cross shops.Elsewhere in the borough, church groups and Croydon Neighbourhood Care Association were accepting donations of pots, pans, plates, household items, food, toiletries, toys and books for the victims of Monday night’s violence.
However, Croydon council asked the public people not to donate clothing because “most centres have been overwhelmed with clothes donations”.