At 5pm we walked across Liverpool city centre; one end to another. It was quiet with shops and bars shuttered and many seemingly leaving work early.

Paradise in the Park had closed early and was battening down the hatches, while Liverpool One’s restaurants were already closed. The shops were ushering people out and locking up. Lots of police officers and Liverpool One security personnel were in evidence but there was a still calm about the area.

Moving up Hanover Street a couple of bars and restaurants had remained open and a stronger police presence was in evidence on Church Street.

Most of Bold Street’s retailers had taken police advice to close early and Concert Square had never seemed so quiet. There was not a soul there, nor was there on Slater Street.

A couple of shops in town had wooden boards over the windows, though it wasn’t clear whether these were protecting broken windows from the previous night or in anticipation of trouble tonight.

We moved on towards Leece Street and Hardman Street. Hannah’s is closed; so is Pushka on Rodney Street. On Hope Street the Casa and Clove Hitch have closed their doors, so we goto Ye Cracke and then The Grapes. All is calm here, much more so than usual.

At 10pm we head for Central. Bold Street is dead quiet but there are groups of young lads roaming around, clearly on the look-out for trouble.

Beggars and buskers are still hanging around but by far the most abundant sight is of police, juxtaposed bizarrely next to the huge helter-sketler at the bottom of Bold Street.

Everything in Liverpool appears calm. Normality, sanity has been restored. And then, close to midnight a text reveals that trouble is brewing on Smithdown Road again, labelled as ‘Toxteth’ on BBC News and Sky News.


Looters are attempting to gain access to Smithdown’s Asda. I used to live on Thorneycroft Road, opposite this spot, and find it hard to credit. ‘Smithdown Road’ is trending on Twitter globally.

Twitter message start to indicate that Smithdown is not alone. A pub has apparently been firebombed in Walton.

And on Lawrence Road, parallel to Smithdown at the other end of Thorneycroft, cars are burned out again as trouble spreads.

South Liverpool is not alone in suffering riots. Fires have broken out over the water in Birkenhead’s Park Road South, Grange Road and in Wallasey, according to reports on Twitter.

By 1am there are reports on Twitter of running battles between police and rioters – and also reports that rioters are moving into the city centre again.

Yet amongst the gloom people have been out in Liverpool today, tidying up after Monday night’s troubles, and they’ll be out again tomorrow. A timely reminder of the real Liverpool that we all recognise.

People plan to meet at Asda at 9am tomorrow (Wednesday) morning to commence cleaning up the Smithdown Road ares

It wasn’t possible to locate the original creators of the images we’ve used as they’ve been shared so much on Twitter and Facebook. If the images belong to you get in touch with us

  • http://sevenstreets paul

    The interviewer on BBC news seemed to be trying to lead her interviewee into saying that the trouble tonight was in Toxteth. Incredibly Sky news coverage seemed much more balanced and appropriate.

  • Mike Neary

    This is completely clear, concise, informative journalism free of crass sensationalism or bias. Inpractical I know but anyway of putting hard copy in every newsagent’s in the area – call me old fashioned but I like news reports to report news and this is the first example I can recall in recent memory.

  • Nicola

    Thanks for the detailed coverage. I live in the area and at 3am I couldn’t sleep due to the noise from the police helicopters, sirens from police cars going past and some distant bangs. I couldn’t see anything from my window, and couldn’t get an update from BBC news 24, the BBC website, Sky news or the Liverpool Echo’s website…which unhelpfully kept the information I could find to ‘riots in toxteth’.

  • Littoral

    Excellent report.

  • Michael Myers

    Excellent report of what? The Helter Skelter?

    Riots? Do me a favour.

    Excuse me Mr Neary, but they weren’t riots. Do you therefore understand what your phrase “crass sensationalism” means. This lazy crap scores 10 outta 10 on that. Shame on you all

  • http://www.sevenstreets.com Robin

    Pfft. No manners, but what a critic eh?

    If people found this helpful, comforting, informative or just vaguely interesting in a listless sort of way then that’s great. If they didn’t then what the heck.

    If you think that reporting on actual events that actually happened and backing that up with eye-witness accounts and PHOTOGRAPHS of those events taking place amounts to crass sensationalism I suggest you steer clear of any newsagents, television or computers attached to the internet.

    If you think using the word ‘riots’ sensationalises events where hundreds of people collectively attacked property and police – roaming around the city setting fire to cars and looting shops – then I suggest you go and find a dictionary.

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