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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