Not wanting to scaremonger but I think it could happen in Staines. After what happened in Tottenham, everything else has been opportunistic and not linked to the shooting. It just takes a few kids to chance their arm, set a fire and try and break into a shop. Surrey officers are supporting the Met so where does that leave us if there was to be an issue locally?
I guess it has the potential to happen anywhere, but not so much because of disenfranchisement and issues of social exclusion in our borough, but more as a copycat thing, people seeing others getting away with it and thinking 'why not?'.
I heard rumours of a group of young people gathering in town yesterday (Tuesday) and shops closing early, and I am seeking confirmation on this from the police, but whatever the case nothing happened. Now it has died down in London I think people will be less inclined to try it.
Whatever anyone's political views on the causes of it all, it's a pretty sad indictment all round, not to mention shocking and quite frightening. :o(
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear you're feeling worried about going to work. I can understand why, if your office is in London, you might feel scared about that. I've read personal reports from people who live very near where the looting and so on was taking place and I can see how frightening it was for them. I remember my own consternation travelling on the tube the first few times after the 7/7 bombings. You can't help but let doubt and fears creep in at first, but after a while it goes back to being normal again.
If your office is in Staines I can assure you there is absolutely nothing to worry about here. We've had no trouble here at all and I think it is very unlikely that anything will start now. The shops closing early on Tuesday was just precautionary.
Your understandable worries are not without reason, so don't feel bad about that. I'm sure you're just voicing what many others have felt. But I'm sure as soon as you're at work you'll see it's fine and there's nothing to concern you.
Good luck. Let us know how it went.