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article imageWeb users encouraged to use stores looted in London riots

By Kev Hedges     Aug 15, 2011 in Business
A website has been set up listing all the small and independent stores that suffered damage and looting in the recent London riots. It specifically encourages web users to help them get back on their feet by using those stores online.
One company has set up the website, listing key information such as who and where they are located along with telephone numbers, a paragraph documenting what the business sells and a brief history, what damage was suffered by that shop or business in the riots and what you can do to help that business get back on its feet.
DeLootLondon aims to help rebuild the communities that have suffered by asking anyone who is going out shopping to use any of the several stores affected. One example of a looted shop was the Party Store in London's Lavender Hill area. The premises were broken into, looted, burned to the ground despite the valiant efforts of a lone neighbour with a fire extinguisher attempting to distinguish the flames. Ironically a large percentage of all their profits go directly to Street Kids Rescue, a charity working with orphaned kids in south Asia. So now the business is temporarily closed, the charity is not raising any funds either.
Another shop in Lavender Hill, the Cornerstone Bookshop, is a Christian bookshop spreading the word in the community for over 20 years. On Monday night last week its front doors were kicked in and all its windows smashed while a gang of looters set a small fire to the shop before running away. Amazingly, one rioter did return to extinguish the fire allowing these traders to open up for business the very next day.
The Daily Mail reports that the Croydon-based family run business, House of Reeves is also featured on the site. The business survived two world wars and a hurricane but did not survive rioting thugs. A similar scheme may start up in Birmingham and Manchester, two other cities seriously affected by rioting. Anyone who has information about small businesses and shops that became victims of England's unrest can send details on Twitter or simply like its Facebook page. Anyone who has information regarding the status of small shops and businesses that were damaged have been asked to email help@delootlondon.co.uk .
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