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article imageOp-Ed: One riot story with a happy ending

By Alexander Baron     Nov 18, 2011 in Environment
London - Charlene Munro lost everything when the riots came to Croydon last August. A week later she had been rehoused, and now a good Samaritan has refitted her home for her.
While the August riots showed the depths to which some people can sink, they also gave an insight into behaviour at the other end of spectrum, like the people who came out on the streets with brooms to clean up the mess, and then there was the case of Charlene Munro.
Charlene is a 30 year old single mother who grew up in care. When the riots came to Croydon, she was forced to flee her home with her three year old son, and her dog in tow. In the aftermath, she returned with a BBC camera crew to view the damage. Her home had been utterly destroyed, her only consolation being that she was lucky she and her son had escaped unhurt. She had lost everything.
Five days later, she had been rehoused; the local council contacted her, and local people rallied round.
Now, three months on, an unlikely good Samaritan has materialised for her. Seventy-four year old charity worker Sue Duncan, who lives in Suffolk a hundred and fifty miles away, turned up on her doorstep with beds, a sofa, a washing machine, oven, wardrobes, blankets, sheets, towels, and even toys for Charlene's son.
Although this sort of experience is humbling, it would be better by far if such acts of kindness had not been necessary in the first place. To date, the Metropolitan Police report that 1,905 people had been charged with riot-related offences.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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