A large mob of "locals" went on a looting-spree in Deptford yesterday stealing pallet after pallet of bottled water left for runners taking part in the London Marathon.
Despite the stares of onlookers, several of which were filming with their phones, the looters were seen shamelessly loading dozens of pallets onto makeshift dollies and taking part in a mad-dash looting frenzy.
Incidentally, there didn't appear to be many native Brits joining in.
Eyewitnesses say a group of opportunistic thieves started stealing the bottles minutes after the front runners had passed through.
[...]A Deptford man caught the whole incident on camera.
He said: 'Just after the first lot of runners went through all the residents around the Deptford area just started looting and stealing all the water from the runners.
'I just find that absolutely disgusting, absolutely appalling. I wouldn't know why they would do that.
'Why would you go crazy - like animals - and steal all the water? I think it's absolutely vile behaviour. They were young and old.
'There were parents there with their buggies shoving it and putting them wherever they could.
'There was one guy in the picture who had a trolley just ready to take them. They then started darting off in different directions.'
The footage provoked angry reaction on social media. One user posted: ‘That video of people in Deptford pinching all the water for the #LondonMarathon is absolutely vile! They should be ashamed of themselves!!’
Another commented: ‘Wow, that video of the locals in Deptford stealing bottled water meant to be for the marathon runners. Animals.’
A third said: ‘Why steal the marathon runners’ water. How about chill out at home and just open your cold tap?’ A London Marathon source said the bottles were taken towards the end of the race, when only the runners at the back were passing though and no participants were deprived of water because of the incident.
However, any spare water which was not drunk during the marathon was supposed to have been returned to organisers to use at other events.
Therefore, non-runners helping themselves to water were doing so without permission.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said no arrests had been made.