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Apple Store Liverpool ONE Empty Ahead of Unrest [Updated]


The Apple Store Liverpool ONE has emptied its front-of-house of all products ahead of possible rioting in Liverpool, UK as the country faces its fourth night of unrest.

Update: We have unconfirmed reports that Apple Store Meadowhall in Sheffield and Apple Store Cabot Circus in Bristol have been cleared of stock as well.

Update: Rioters have attempted to break into the Arndale shopping center in Manchester city centre, home of the Apple Store Arndale.

Update: BBC News interviewed a shaken-sounding Glen Barkworth, general manager of the Arndale Centre in Manchester who confirmed that rioters have breached the facility.

The BBC also interviewed Tim Whalley, general manager of the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham, home to Apple Store Bullring. He said that two entrances at the facility had been smashed, but no looters were in the centre. He said Bullring had hired four dog handlers with four large dogs and that had helped keep rioters at bay.

The Regent Street store closed early, but left product on display.

Last night, Metropolitan Police were out in force in Oxford Circus and Regent Street, including parked in front of the flagship Apple Store there. The vans weren't specifically protecting the Apple Store, but it is a significant business and commercial area.

English cities are tonight facing rioting and looting for the fourth night in a row. The BBC has extensive coverage of the events.

Any UK readers with pictures, video, or other information, please get in touch via Twitter, email, or the comments on this post.

Thanks to @anfieldtoffee for the photo. @Syntax_86 has another picture of the store.

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39 months ago

Something on this scale would never happen in America because U.S. citizens have the right to bare arms and protect their homes and livelihoods.


That is a ridiculous statement to make. It really is. In the UK sure we don't have the right to own gun. This is down to some kind of deep root issue where guns would not have stopped this. The UK has issues and so does the US so don't dare think that just because you feel its ok to have guns this would not happen in the US. Imagine how much worse it would be if guns we aloud.

Personally from someone that works in a secondary school I would be using the CCTV, going to the school, getting the teens ID'd and prosecuting the parents as well as the teens.
Rating: 23 Votes
39 months ago

Something on this scale would never happen in America because U.S. citizens have the right to bare arms and protect their homes and livelihoods.


Yes, a major city filled with angry people armed with guns sounds much safer.
Rating: 22 Votes
39 months ago

Something on this scale would never happen in America because U.S. citizens have the right to bare arms and protect their homes and livelihoods.


You're kidding, right? Just a little sarcastic jest, no? :rolleyes:

Also, why would anyone be afraid of naked arms? :confused:
Rating: 20 Votes
39 months ago

It is not a ridiculous statement. Frankly you wouldn't know because you do not have the freedom.

It's called raising the risk to reward ratio. If you see me standing there with a rifle the chances of you trying anything and the risk has now gone away from the reward. It wasn't said to kill looters or rioters. It's a deterent, and a damn good one. Many did it during the LA riots years ago here in CA.


Not really. A higher proportion US citizens are shot dead by Police than UK citizens are shot dead by criminals each year. (Yes that is accounting for the population difference). 12,500 firearms homicides in the US each year, compared to 50 in the UK. Your murder rate is 4 times ours.

If the UK had the "freedom" to arm itself all that would happen is we would have death on top of destruction. As it stands there seems to be one person who may have been killed due to the riots.
Rating: 16 Votes
39 months ago



In the UK, you could be prosecuted for hurting an intruder to your own home. With or without a gun..


Don't fall for "Daily Mail" type stories. You can "hurt" intruders in your home in self-defence. In fact if someone had a gun in your home you could probably kill them and get away with it without much issue.


See, I'm free. Your not. There is a reason for that.


You can't be serious? Homicide rate in the US is 4 times UK. Enjoy your "freedom".
Rating: 15 Votes
39 months ago
Also, to anyone in the world just going by the media or whatever, here is an example of the scum some people have to live with in their communites.



And a good example of their pathetic attidudes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14458424 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14458424)

They account for a very very small part of our population, and pump out as many kids as possible in order to receive as much child benefit as they can. They then spend this benefit on ridiculously cheap wine (i.e. Lambrini, Bellabrusco, etc) instead of things like clean clothes and paying water bills in order to get washed.

The media will always jump at a chance to make our country look even worse regardless.
Rating: 15 Votes
39 months ago
Fill up the store with Acer netbooks running XP.....that might teach the rioters a lesson :D
Rating: 15 Votes
39 months ago

It's called raising the risk to reward ratio. If you see me standing there with a rifle the chances of you trying anything and the risk has now gone away from the reward. It wasn't said to kill looters or rioters. It's a deterent, and a damn good one. Many did it during the LA riots years ago here in CA.


You seem to have this noble idea that only just and brave people defending their homes would be using guns. You need to step outside and see the reality. Standing outside your house with a shotgun might protect you. It might also be the very reason why a thug shoots you before he loots your house. Who do think has more practice and less hesitation to actually shoot someone, you or the thug? Also, you might wonder how the thug got his gun in the first place, since most firearms used by criminals were acquired legally.

There is a very specific reason why the US is - by far - the country with the most murders and gun violence per capita in the Western world, only surpassed by the likes of Colombia, Mexico and South Africa. And it's a really sad and goddamn(sorry) stupid reason, which is deeply rooted in a mentality straight from the 19th century.

Well, back on topic... Let's hope not more people are getting killed and that this madness will find an end soon. It's really a disgrace.
Rating: 15 Votes
39 months ago

The US population is also roughly 5 times that of the UK. I'm just sayin'.


Actually 'homicide rate' usually means murders per 1000 members of the population so it has nothing to do with population.
Rating: 15 Votes
39 months ago

Very sensible Apple. You're only worth $76 billion +/- cant afford to loose a few k's worth of display kit.

Looks like they've even removed the cool iPad2 information things aswell!


The idea is if there's nothing to easily steal, hopefully the store won't be trashed. There's a few businesses that after being looted, were burnt to the ground. Making the store seem like a less attractive target is a proactive measure to prevent large (entire storefront smashed to bits) or catastrophic damage which would close the store for anywhere from weeks to a year.
Rating: 14 Votes

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