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Industry urged to help rebuild after riots

Builders, architects, building material suppliers and skilled tradespeople are being urged to offer their skills for free to help repair property damaged in last week’s riots.

The day after the worst of the riots, a campaign on the social media website Twitter saw thousands take to the streets armed with brooms to help with the #RiotCleanup Twitter campaign.

Similarly, the #RiotRebuild aims to match people in the construction industry who can and want to help with riot victims whose homes and businesses were damaged.

“We have a list of professionals and tradespeople willing to provide their expertise and give real help free of charge,” said Riot Rebuild co-organiser Nick Varey.

“This could be anything from getting a handyman to repair a bench outside a shop to giving advice on planning issues.”

Insurers estimate the cost of riot damage to property will top £200m, with many small business owners also losing out in lost takings until they are able to reopen.

Details on how to help can be found on the RiotRebuild website.

The Riot Rebuild organisers say they are looking to help provide both immediate practical help as well as longer-term solutions.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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