London Police Vans Parked Outside Apple Store Regent Street

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Metropolitan Police have multiple police vans parked in Oxford Circus, including three parked directly in front of the Apple Store flagship on Regent Street. The picture above was posted to Twitter by @Joe, a venture capitalist with m8 Capital in London.

Update: Reports on Twitter that the Bullring shopping center in Birmingham has been breached. There is an Apple Store in the Bullring complex, but there are no confirmed reports that the store has been broken into. The Bullring closed early on Monday evening due to the situation in Birmingham.

Update: The Bullring shopping center closed early again on Tuesday, shutting stores at 5PM. There are no indications of vandalism to the Apple Store in the complex, though there were significant disturbances in the area around Bullring last night.

Update: The Apple Store Liverpool ONE was emptied of all product Tuesday evening ahead of possible unrest in Liverpool.

Londoners are facing rioting and looting for the third 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.

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Top Rated Comments

RafaelT Avatar
169 months ago
As long as the Apple store is safe!
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple1000 Avatar
169 months ago
We should get a real Lion in every apple store to guard it! :) :apple: :p
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
King Flamez1 Avatar
169 months ago
what cruel world have to come to? People hurting the Apple Store?!
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ct2k7 Avatar
169 months ago
Having lived in London, around the area, the location of the Apple Store is a strategic location for officer manager and riot management. It's unlikely that they are specifically guarding the Apple Store.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ablack774 Avatar
169 months ago
Dont get me wrong I am a complete Apple fan BUT Im sick of people worrying about the Apple Store. In all seriousness you are worrying about one store, owned by a company which currently has more cash that the US. Fixing the Apple store in London would be pocket change for Apple. SO Forget the Apple Store... Seriously!

Be more worried about the lives of residents, livelihood of small business owners and the masses of people who have lost their homes. Many of these people will not have the money to put it right unlike the huge corportations.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrboult Avatar
169 months ago
yeah it's pretty mad here right now. Just went to my local corner shop for some milk and it was on fire!

To quickly answer peoples questions. . . . it is meaningless violence and theft being conducted mostly by the young (All races, mostly poorer people) it is sparking up all over the city simply because, with the police stretched so thin, they can get away with it. It initiated 3 days ago with a more peaceful protest regarding a police shooting of a young man. The protest was basically hijacked by groups of violent youths. The riots, or rather theft and fire starting, that continue today have no relation to the shooting.

It is a sad evening to be a Londoner.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)