Manchester Public Join Riot Clean-Up

Members of the public and councillors joined Salford City Council's environmental services team to clean up the mess vandals caused around Salford Precinct.

Officers from the council's business support team are speaking to the affected businesses to see what they can do to help get them back on track.

At Salford Shopping City, just 200 yards from a large police station, glass from shop windows and bus shelters had littered the streets with house bricks and rubble used to pelt riot police.

Vandals set fire to the former Broadwalk library and Salford housing office, which was being used for storage of books, causing significant damage.

John Merry, leader of Salford City Council, said: ``In the past 24 hours we've seen the best and the worst of Salford.

``The number of people who offered to help clean up their community has been really heart-warming. The majority of the people living in Salford are, quite rightly, disgusted by what they saw happening in their city last night.''

Clive Memmott, the chief executive of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: ``Events like this are a real setback as we deal with tough economic conditions. The businesses and their employees that have been affected will really feel like they have been battered physically, emotionally and financially.

Greater Manchester Police said the number of arrests for disorder in Manchester city centre and Salford has risen to 108.

Fire bombs were thrown at shops and windows were smashed as looters made off with designer clothes, expensive electrical items, jewellery, mobile phones and alcohol.

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher's recently opened fashion boutique in King Street - Pretty Green - also fell victim to the looters, while Miss Selfridge in Market Street was set alight.

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