Today marks the 10th anniversary of the London riots, which saw some of capital's most serious violence and civil unrest in decades.

So we've taken a look at one of the most interesting and complex stories which emerged from the week-long tinderbox of protests, rioting, looting and arson attacks.

Woolwich was hit extremely hard in the riots, with a jeweller's shop fully looted and dozens more ravaged and smashed on the high street, and one of the most poignant local images of the riots came from the Great Harry pub, set entirely ablaze.

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This Is Local London: The London Fire Brigade fighting a dying fire in Croydon during the London Riots in 2011The London Fire Brigade fighting a dying fire in Croydon during the London Riots in 2011

The pub was almost entirely destroyed, leaving just the shell of a pub, but out of the ruins sprung a wall of messages, hopes and fears written by local people on the boarded-up shell.

The Great Harry became a focus of opinions and discussions about the riots, and 10 years on the establishment still stands, albeit as a Wetherspoons.

Some people such as radio producer and Woolwich resident Richard Fenton-Smith have also accused the national media of ignoring the rioting going on in south east London in 2011, with more fashionable neighbourhoods receiving the focus.

The London Riots in 2011 saw the capital make news around the world, but Cllr Nigel Fletcher previously accused Sky News of "airbrushing the Woolwich riots from history" as a lot of the carnage went unreported at the time.

What happened

The London riots took over the capital in August 2011 after protests erupted over the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan.

Mr Duggan, 29, was killed by police in Tottenham on August 4, a death which was later judged to be lawful, although Duggan did not have a weapon in his hands when confronted by officers.

Protests outside Tottenham police station later turned violent, with missiles and fireworks fired at police. This quickly spread from north London across the capital, with full-blown rioting resulting in over 5,000 emergency calls to the London Fire Brigade in just four days.

During the riots, on August 8, the Great Harry pub, which had closed early, was gutted by an arson attack, leading to scenes of the pub surrounded by flames.

CCTV footage later shown in court captured a teenager, his face initially covered by a scarf, as he went into the pub where menus had already been set alight.

This Is Local London: The Great Harry on August 8The Great Harry on August 8

He was seen coming out, breaking off a plank of wood around 4ft long, tying a piece of his scarf around the end and lighting it in a fire in the street outside.

The boy then dashed back into the pub and was seen leaving without the burning plank, and moments later the pub burst into flames.

Firefighting crews were at the scene until 8am the next morning, and prosecutor Jonathan Foy told Inner London Crown Court in December 2011 that: “It was by fortune rather than design that nobody was seriously injured or lost their lives."

The teenager, 16 at the time so unable to be named, was found guilty of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered and was detained for four years.

An offficer in the case acting Police Sergeant Mark Gilchrist said: "The damage left the local community in Woolwich filled with dismay by the level of vandalism and disorder that took place that night.

“I hope that the public in Woolwich will feel that justice has been served."

In total, £3.25 million worth of damage and lost earnings was caused.

The Wall of Hope

The ruined pub sat boarded up until a peculiar phenomenon saw people begin to leave messages on the hoardings of the burnt out building on Wellington Street.

The wall quickly became a place for the community to express its hope and fears following the scenes of extreme violence and unrest, as well as a tribute to the seemingly deceased Great Harry.

This Is Local London: People drawing on the hoardings outside the old Great Harry pubPeople drawing on the hoardings outside the old Great Harry pub

The burned out shell of the pub remained for nearly a year, a reminder of the terrible violence which ravaged Woolwich during the riots.

And so messages of defiance and positivity adorned the hoardings, left by artists and organisers, shop workers and other local people.

This Is Local London: The 'wall of hope' on Wellington StreetThe 'wall of hope' on Wellington Street

That was until two weeks later when the 'Woolwich Wall of Hope' was painted over, covering the messages with black paint.

This Is Local London: The Woolwich wall after being painted overThe Woolwich wall after being painted over

Powis Street Estates, who owned the building, said they took the decision to improve the hoarding and promote the area more positively, although the council did take photographic evidence.

The Great Harry now

Just 11 months after being destroyed in the riots, the Great Harry reopened from the ashes to the south east London public.

This Is Local London: JD Wetherspoons spent £1.3m fixing the place upJD Wetherspoons spent £1.3m fixing the place up

JD Wetherspoons took on the project, spending £1.3 million on redeveloping the site before reopening in July 2012.

The pub is still owned by Wetherspoons, and is still open today.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “ The Great Harry is a popular pub and an important part of the social scene in Woolwich.

“When it was destroyed in the riots in 2011, Wetherspoon vowed to build a new pub in its place.

This Is Local London: The new Great HarryThe new Great Harry

“The company did this and people living in the area were delighted with the decision to do so.

“The Great Harry is an important part of the Woolwich community and we thank our loyal customers for their continued support over the years.

“We look forward to the pub serving the community for many more years to come.”