Sony warehouse set on fire in London riots

One of Sony’s key distribution centre’s in Europe was set ablaze during the rioting in the UK.

The three-storey building, located in Enfield, is assumed to have stored PlayStation products, although this isn’t confirmed. However, the people hit hardest by this particular act are independent artists – more than £500,000 worth of vinyls and CDs were lost.

Elsewhere, it hasn’t taken long for gaming to be blamed for the violence. Like pretty much every other time that teenagers cause trouble, GTA has been criticised. One newspaper remarked that 10 year-olds were “inspired” by the franchise and a police constable said:

“These are bad people who did this. Kids out of control. When I was young it was all Pacman and board games. Now they’re playing Grand Theft Auto and want to live it for themselves.”

However, one good news story is that Alan Duncan, one of the main men at SCEE, announced that Sony would generously replacing a mugged boy’s PSP and games.

The victim, a student from Malaysia, was caught on camera having his rucksack ransacked by a gang of teens. What made this worse was the fact he was injured and bleeding with a broken jaw – the shocking video has now been watched by over 30 million people.

A website called ‘Let’s do something nice for Ashraf Haziq’ was set up hours later and Duncan joined the site to say this:

“I’m the marketing director for PlayStation UK. We’d like to give him a new PSP and games. Let me know the best way of getting in touch with Ashraf or the hospital. Thanks.”

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Sub-Editor.

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  • So is that constable saying that playing pacman made him want to eat dots and ghosts as a kid?

  • hopefully the malasian kid is alright. what sony did was really nice  they didnt even have anything to do with the incident. also people just try to push the blame to anyone or thing that isnt them and gaming is one of the easiest

  • Anonymous

    It has been a crazy week, my old college went up in flames. I think the Sony building was a DADC site and three men have been arrested in connection with the blaze. Two of them, aged 17 and 18, remain in custody, while the third, aged 17, has been bailed. Eyewitnesses reported a gang of around 20 youths entering the warehouse with petrol cans and looting CDs and DVDs before setting it alight.

  • Anonymous

    What Sony did for that kid was nice. They didn’t have to do that, so that shows that they care about the consumers….and kid gamers.

  • Anonymous

    Seem’s to be mostly chavs capitalising on the unrest to steal and vandalise. They’re really fucking over the people who live in those area’s and are nothing at all to do with any of it.

    Not been a good time to live in London, I was supposed to go on Wednesday for some meetings but they where cancelled as a safety precaution. There where reports of riots in Liverpool where I live but it was mostly in residential area’s like Toxteth, a lot of places in Liverpool city centre shut early but nothing really happened.

    Blaming it on games is just a lazy and easy way for people who have no idea about games to point a finger. Always reminds me of Bill Hicks when he talked about Judas Priest wanting to kill their audience so they can go back to selling shoes.

    Still there’s always the chance Josh started it all by getting London hooked on Just Cause.

  • At lest they think they’ve got the man responsible … he can now be famous for stealing from injured kids … that’s how you impress the girls.