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London riots: Violence reaches its 4-th day, 350 arrested and 100 wounded
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 654 days ago | Monday, 8th August , 2011 , 21:23 [pm] | International
|.||A peaceful protest in Tottenham on Saturday over the fatal shooting by police of Mark Duggan, 29, was followed by violence which spread into Sunday.
Racism and rise in living expenses are other issues fulling the riots. The unrest is going to be sprad even more quickly the expected.
Riot police have again been deployed to the streets of London as violence broke out for a third day running.
According to BBC, Cars were set on fire in Lewisham and a bus and shop were set ablaze in Peckham.
In Hackney, police have sealed off part of Mare Street after youths smashed police car windows.
The trouble flared after a man was stopped and searched by police but nothing was found.
There were also fears trouble may spread further afield as police in riot gear were deployed in Birmingham city centre after scores of youths rampaged through the shopping area, smashing windows.
Home Secretary Theresa May also returned early from holiday, to meet Metropolitan Police (Met) chiefs to discuss their response to the violence.
Mrs May condemned the riots as “sheer criminality” and said those responsible would “face the consequences of their actions”.
The trouble follows two nights of violence over the weekend which started after police shot a man dead in Tottenham.
Mrs May said: “The riots in Tottenham on Saturday night and the subsequent disturbances in other parts of London are totally unacceptable.”
A peaceful protest in Tottenham on Saturday over the fatal shooting by police of Mark Duggan, 29, was followed by violence which spread into Sunday.
A candlelit vigil was due to be held at The High Cross in Tottenham on Monday evening.
A BBC journalist said the latest violence started in Mare Street, Hackney, when a man was stopped and searched by police but nothing was found.
Riot vans were drafted in and there are up to 200 police officers in riot gear in the Hackney area.
Groups of people began attacking the police at about 16:20 BST, throwing rocks and a bin at officers.
Police cars were also smashed by youths armed with wooden poles and metal bars.
Looters also smashed their way into shops, including a JD Sports store, before being dispersed by police.
Planks of wood taken from a lorry were then hurled towards lines of riot officers.
Violence has broken out in Peckham, south London, where a shop and a bus have been set on fire.
In nearby Lewisham, footage showed a number of vehicles and a trail of bins on fire.
In Birmingham City Centre looters have attacked several shops, smashing windows and stealing items.
An eyewitness said windows have been smashed in McDonalds and Jessops near Birmingham Cathedral and a sign has been thrown through a gym window.
Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said there were “significant resources” on the streets, with a third more officers on duty than on Sunday.
He said: “What we can see is that the Metropolitan Police are getting police officers there in numbers.
“When we have large numbers of criminals intent on that type of violence, we can only do that, get lots of officers there quickly and try to protect local businesses and local people.”
He also admitted relations with the family of the man shot dead by police could have been handled better.
Mr Kavanagh said: “I want to apologise to the Duggan family because I think both the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) and the Metropolitan Police could have managed that family’s needs more effectively.”
Racism and rise in living expenses are other issues fulling the riots. The unrest is going to be sprad even more quickly the expected., Voice of a Nation