England riots: Maps and timelineFrom peaceful protest to countrywide riots Continue reading the main story
Saturday 6 August: A crowd protest outside Tottenham police station demanding "justice" for Mark Duggan's family. Later, two police cars are attacked and set on fire. A bus and shops are also set alight and violence continues into the night.
Sunday 7 August: Looting continues in Tottenham into the early hours and spreads to the nearby Tottenham Hale Retail Park. Trouble also flares in Enfield in north London and Brixton in the south as well as other areas of the capital.
Monday 8 August: Calm returns to London in the morning. As evening falls, looting and violence erupts across the capital. Hackney is first, swiftly followed by other parts of London including Croydon which saw some of the worst violence. Trouble also flares in Bristol, Nottingham and Birmingham.
Tuesday 9 August: London is flooded with extra police and remains calm. Rioting and looting sweeps through parts of north-west England and the Midlands. Manchester, Liverpool, and Birmingham witness some of the worst violence.
Wednesday 10 August: Looting and clashes with police continue into the early hours in many areas outside the capital. London remains calm. Meanwhile hundreds are arrested in the capital and elsewhere as the clean-up continues.
A peaceful protest demanding justice for a man shot by police was the catalyst for the violence that has spread across the country.
Mark Duggan was killed in Tottenham, London, on Thursday 4 August after police stopped the car in which he was a passenger. Saturday's protest march sparked unrest and by the end of the night Tottenham was ablaze, with cars and shops set on fire and looters running free.
More disturbances took place on Sunday night, but it was on Monday afternoon that they began to escalate. The violence spread first to Hackney, then to Lewisham, Peckham, Woolwich, Ealing, Clapham and then to major cities outside London.
On Tuesday, an extra 10,000 police meant the streets of London were quieter but rioting and disorder took hold in Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Wolverhampton and Liverpool.