Riot fire at Enfield warehouse hits Frightened Rabbit records

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SELKIRK band Frightened Rabbit have been affected by the England riots – despite being around 5,500 miles away.

A huge fire at a distribution centre in the Enfield area of north London during the recent unrest destroyed stock belonging to almost 200 independent music labels.

Among the work lost were 2,400 vinyl, CD albums and singles of Frightened Rabbit, who are currently on tour on the west coast of the USA.

The recordings belonged to FatCat Records, who were the group’s label until their switch to Atlantic Records late last year.

Tom Lavis of FatCat told TheSouthern: “Of course, every label affected by this has had a hard time of it, but our heart really goes out to the smaller labels who will have to really fight not to go down because of this.

“A true tragedy for small independent labels – the real heroes of our industry.”

Meanwhile, a team from Lothian and Borders Police’s G Division supported their English colleagues in Manchester and Birmingham during the looting and violence, which resulted in five deaths, more than 1,500 arrests and huge damage across the country.

Three sergeants, six uniformed officers and one special constable travelled from the Borders to help, with English forces heavily criticised for failing to tackle the looters earlier.

And a number of Borders filling stations defied a ban on customers filling containers with fuel in the wake of the riots.

Service stations across Scotland were affected by the embargo and small businesses and people living in remote areas were particularly hit.

But a spokesperson for Galashiels-based Adam Purves – which own four stations in Selkirk, Galashiels, Melrose and Jedburgh – said it has a policy in place year-round not to sell fuel in containers if staff are suspicious about what it might be used for.

The spokesman said: “We have a lot of account holders and it would be crazy to stop them. Farmers, gardeners and small businesses use diesel and petrol for a variety of small machinery.”

And a spokesperson at the company’s Shell station in Selkirk said: “A lot of farmers and businesses need fuel in containers for lawn mowers, strimmers and other farm machinery.

“We are quite confident they are using the fuel for what they need it for. If we suspect anyone, we would not authorise it.”

National Farmers Union Selkirk branch chairman, Alec Telfer, welcomed Adam Purves’ response.

He told us: “It’s horrendous what’s going on. I can quite see where the fuel companies are coming from, but with regular customers and people like ourselves and farms, it should be all right [to continue selling fuel in cans].

“If garages stopped selling fuel in cans completely our members would take real issue with it because it would be impossible to operate: we need petrol for ATVs [quad bikes].

“It’s not possible to drive ATVs to the garage – some farms are miles away and quite isolated – and we can’t store any amount of petrol for legal reasons.”