What? You were stupid enough to think that Fortnums, HSBC and the rest will pick up the bill themselves? Nonono. Under the Riot and Damages Act of 1886, claims are settled by the Metropolitan Police. And you thought insurance would cover it? Look at your own policy - in the exclusions, sandwiched between Radioactivity and Terrorism, is Riot. Insurers don't pay for riot damage. The test as to whether the damage is bona fide riot damage is given in s1. of the Public Order Act 1986;
12 or more persons who are present together use or threaten unlawful violence for a common purpose and the conduct of them (taken together) is such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety.So the Met will pay out, and we London ratepayers will pay the Met. You sad tossers called for higher taxes, now you've got them. Thanks a bunch.