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Where youths had roamed the streets with bricks and bats just hours earlier, a new army had appeared.
famous ‘Blitz spirit’, volunteers responded defiantly to the
worst violence the city has witnessed in decades by rolling up their
sleeves and helping in the clean-up.
Riotwombles: Volunteers wait to clear up after overnight disturbances in Clapham Junction, in south London
Armed and ready: Local residents with brooms and bin liners volunteered to clean up following rioting in Battersea
Clean sweep: Brooms at the ready, people brought together through Twitter gather to clear up Clapham Junction, devastated in the riots last night
'London hates looters': More volunteers in Clapham Junction, where they have congregated after call outs on Twitter
Helping hands: Part of a group of about 300 volunteers help clear the remains of destroyed vehicles in Hackney, north London
Ready: Volunteers spilled on to the streets of
Clapham with brooms eager to get the clean-up under way after the
devastation in their community
Residents of Hackney club together to clean the streets outside their homes
'RiotWombles' sweeping to victory on the Walworth Road in Camberwell
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