If employed white men had been rioting B&Q's power tool section would have been the first to go.
Others arrived on foot and piled shopping trolleys high with looted televisions and other electronic goods, a woman who has lived locally for 10 years but did not want to be named said.
A member of staff at The Carphone Warehouse next door said every phone in the shop had been stolen.
The contents of the stock room were spilled across the pavement outside from the smashed in door.Outside JD sport shop, broken mannequins lay on the ground, plastic legs and torsos scattered here and there.
The front window of Currys electrical store was smashed and smithereens of glass covered the ground outside.
Next door, Argos's door had been smashed in and broken glass covered the floor inside and out after looters apparently raided the stock room.Discarded flat screen television boxes and other unwanted packaging covered paved areas outside the electronic goods stores.
The looters had evidently removed the products from their boxes to create more space in their shopping trolleys and cars, which were said to number up to 100.
Fragments of glass from the smashed in door of PC World littered the ground.
The scene outside Comet was similar and outside B&Q - one of the few stores that did not appear to have been looted - staff stood uncertainly, waiting to hear from head office whether they would be working today.