The Association of British Insurers has assured householders and business owners whose property has been damaged by the spate of riots across London and further across the country that they should be covered by their business or home insurance policies.
It has also urged anybody who has been affected to contact their provider. Steve Foulsham, technical services manager at the British Insurance Brokers' Association, said: "The majority of insurance providers operate a 24-hour claims line and can help people arrange for emergency repairs and the damage to be inspected as quickly as possible. The definition of the disorder, such as whether it is categorised as a riot, should not affect the cover provided to individuals or businesses.”
Public disturbances and looting commenced on Saturday night in the London district of Tottenham. Further disturbances have broken out in other areas including Hackney and Ealing, and further across the country in Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool.