At midnight, the mob rule that's descended over London and parts of the UK decided to attack the Sony distribution center in Enfield, North London, with local Tommy Thompson telling the BBC how looters stole items including "Wii consoles."
As Sony centers only sell Sony-branded products it's more likely the thugs were thieving PS3s, but we'll let Thompson off the hook as he sounds pretty worn out from being attacked himself. Jin Tominari, a Tokyo-based Sony spokesman, has stated that the warehouse only contained Blu-rays, CDs and DVDs, (though that doesn't corroborate eyewitnesses' reports), and while the company most definitely had insurance on the building and its contents, around 750 people are believed to be employed there.
So much for the thugs claiming they're kicking off because they don't have jobs due to the recession.
Dozens of videos shot by locals have been uploaded to YouTube, showing the roaring flames and billowing smoke over the large electronics center, which some 40 firefighters were still battling to extinguish at 8am GMT this morning. The damage caused is incalculable at this time, though I've contacted Sony reps to ask for more information which hopefully they'll provide soon. [BBC]
Updated: It appears that the warehouse housed indie label distributor PIAS' wares as well, with PIAS Entertainment's head of digital market Darren Hemmings tweeting "OK: I can confirm that the Sony DADC warehouse in Enfield did burn to the ground, and Sony holds PIAS stock… In terms of the impact to PIAS etc., the situation remains to be clarified. Again, I will not post anything until I have confirmed info… I'm getting quoted a lot so want to reiterate: we know DADC was destroyed & are waiting to confirm exactly how badly this has affected PIAS."