A woman who was forced to leap out of her burning home after it was set alight during the London riots has described English society as "sick".
Polish national Monika Konczyk, 32, said she came to the UK five months ago seeking a better life - but nearly lost it during the disorder that devastated London.
"I thought London was a civilised society full of gentlemen and ladies - but it is not like that. England has become a sick society."
The Poundland shop assistant added: "I found myself jumping for my life after being attacked by thugs and thieves. They set fire to my building without any thought for anyone's safety.
"They were happy for me to die. They were like animals - greedy, selfish animals who thought only of themselves."
"I have never seen anything like this in Poland. Polish people are hard-working and respectable. They believe in working for a living, not stealing from others.
"If you want nice clothes or a new TV, you don't smash shop windows and loot them - you work and pay for them."
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