“Chislehurst High Street was just hit about half an hour ago by rioters and looters.”
“Chislehurst riots! They’ve taken down Pizza Express!”
“Trouble in Chislehurst High Street… really scary.”
If you were to believe everything you read on social networking sites today you’d think that Chislehurst was under siege, gripped by rioting and looting like neighbouring towns such as Lewisham.
But as this picture taken earlier evening proves, Chislehurst is anything but.
There’s the smell of burning in the air – from a gardener’s bonfire. Youths are congregating – with their mums and dads by the pond. And there’s rubbish in the street – from a recycling bin overturned in the wind. More anchovy than anarchy in Chislehurst.
Some of the comments posted on social networking sites may be misunderstood attempts at humour. Others are out of control Chinese whispers. But some posted comments appear to be an attempt to will unrest in Chislehurst. Ignore them.