A protest march in London's fashionable Shoreditch area turned nasty when the windows of a Marsh & Parsons estate agency branch were broken over the weekend.
The anti-gentrification march began as a street party in protest against unaffordable housing; similar protests have been held in others parts of London in recent months.
The office windows were broken and a controversial breakfast restaurant called Cereal Killer - where a bowl of cornflakes reportedly costs £3.20p - was attacked. A shop window mannequin from another store was set alight.
The event was organised by a group called 'F*** Protest'.
A statement on the group’s website reads: “We don’t want luxury flats that no one can afford, we want genuinely affordable housing. We don’t want pop-up gin bars or brioche buns – we want community...London is our home and worth defending against this onslaught of dog-eat-dog economics. Working class people are being forced out of our homes but we won’t go out without a fight.”
Meanwhile in Leighton Buzzard a branch of Connells appears to have been targeted by a protester whose grainy image was caught on CCTV.
Serveral windows were damaged on the office early on the morning of August 10 - police have now asked for information from anyone who saw the alleged incident at Connells' Cumbria House office at 6am that day.