Nothing Looted From Bookshop
London’s famous ‘Gay’s The Word’ bookshop in Bloomsbury was attacked during a night of riots in London.
The country’s only LGBT bookshop in Marchmont Street, was left with smashed windows, but presumably no swiped stock, as I can’t imagine many of these particular rioters read.
A group of kids on bikes kicked in the glass and returned to pelt the shop with eggs. Manager Jim MacSweeney said he believed the incident was opportunistic but motivated by homophobia, adding: ‘For us it’s probably lads seeing what’s happening on the TV and thinking they can get away with kicking our window in.
What has been really touching is the messages of support we have had not only from our customers but also from members of the community who agree this is not acceptable.’
UPDATE: I went down to see Jim McSweeney, and he is already repairing the damage and has had a massive rally of support from surrounding neighbours and friends.