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Vicki Ivory lives in Salford near the centre of Manchester. She has been observing rioting during
the evening and a warehouse down her street has just been set on fire.

TONY EASTLEY: Well Vicki Ivory is a resident of Salford near Manchester city centre, and she's been
watching events and horrified like many other people in and around London and other areas.

Vicki Ivory joins us on the line from Salford near Manchester City.

Vicki, good morning. Tell us what's happening around your district at the moment.

VICKI IVORY: Hi, well we're about a 10-minute walk from the city centre here.

We thought we were away from most of it. We're kind of in between what's been going on in Salford
and what's been going on in the Manchester city centre.

And then about an hour ago a building at the end of our road went up in flames. We noticed that we
could smell something burning. We thought it was coming from the city centre and then realised we
could see flames.

So um...

TONY EASTLEY: What's the building, Vicki? Is it a commercial premises or a shopfront?

VICKI IVORY: I think it's a warehouse. I know somebody who lives in the apartment block next door
and luckily it wasn't the apartments, which I thought it might be initially but I think it's an
empty warehouse.

TONY EASTLEY: Are you worried about your personal safety? Are you able to walk the streets of your
suburb?

VICKI IVORY: We are, but I mean I wouldn't go out now at this time of the evening, walking around.
You know, you don't know who's about.

When I- I was in the city centre this afternoon and as I came back about five o'clock there were a
lot of police vans going up and down our road.

It is a residential area but at the end of our road is a canal which cuts through between
Manchester and Salford, and we'd heard that there were youths using that to pass through between
the two.

TONY EASTLEY: Do you get the impression that the youths involved - who may be involved - say, in
the burning of that warehouse, are they locals?

VICKI IVORY: They are. From what I've seen they were teenagers, basically, who started the trouble
this afternoon in Salford and then I think they're just opportunists who've seen it going on in the
rest of the country, and they've decided to come into the city centre and to try and cause trouble
and take what they can.

From what I've seen on the pictures of the news after I returned from the city centre, it looks
like they've basically completely destroyed the shopping area.

TONY EASTLEY: Are you happy with the police response there? Have you seen enough police on the
streets to comfort you?

VICKI IVORY: We've heard nothing but sirens since sort of about five o'clock-ish.

When I was in the city centre myself I didn't see a lot of police but from what we've seen on the
news, there seems to be a lot in the city centre at the moment. It just seems to be that they don't
really have the power to do anything.

A lot of them, from what I've heard, have just been standing around and kind of watching people get
on with things.

TONY EASTLEY: Vicki Ivory, a resident of Salford near Manchester city centre, speaking to us there.