Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 08/09/2011

U.K. Riot Wombles hit the streets for clean up

Local residents who volunteered to clean up following rioting, pose for the media in Battersea. (Matt Dunham/AP)
As with Vancouver after the Stanley Cup riots, the citizens of London woke up to streets still smoldering and decided to take action. Armed with brooms, groups of people hit the riot-riddled streets to aid in the clean up after three nights of rioting engulfed the city.

Much of the organization spread on social media, with a new Twitter handle, @riotcleanup, spreading the word about ongoing cleanups. It gained 73,000 followers. Hashtags quickly jumped to the top trends on Twitter with #riotcleanup and #riotwombles alerting people where cleanup services were needed. “Riot Wombles”takes its inspiration from a British television show that starred furry creatures who enjoyed recycling and cleaning up.

Here’s the Wombles in cartoon action:

Here are the real life Wombles:

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