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100 Sikhs in Southall come out to protect community from riots
SOUTHALL appears to be leading the way in Ealing by defending the community in a defiant stand against potential rioters this evening.
A large group of people has gathered outside the Southall Gurdwara temple, in Park Avenue, as Ealing Council and police warn residents to stay off the streets in fear of a second night of violence.
Our reporter, James Gates, on the scene at 8pm said: "About 100 people have gathered outside the Gurdwara to defend their community from the threat of rioting and looting.
"I can't see anything going on, virtually every shop is shut and it's very, very quiet - no trouble so far. There are so many Sikhs outside the temple, I'd say it's the safest place in London tonight."
And Ealing Southall MP, Virendra Sharma, was on a walkabout through Southall tonight to reassure residents and maintain the community's defiance against yesterday's dark events.
Large anti-riots groups were also reported outside the mosque in Southall Broadway.
More as we get it.
(Pic: Dedicated Sikhs rally round to protect community, by Sandeep Phul).
What's going on in your part of Southall? Do you think rioters and looters will actually strike in Southall tonight. Leave your comments below and email pictures to JamesGates@trinitysouth.co.uk
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