Local residents who volunteered to clean up following rioting, pose for the media in Battersea. (Matt Dunham/AP)

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: