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Police describe unprecedented violence of summer riots

2 July 2012 Last updated at 11:19 BST

Police officers have been talking about the unprecedented level of violence they encountered during last summer's riots.

Officers came under attack from rioters carrying weapons and throwing a variety of missiles.

Four consecutive nights of looting and arson in various parts of the country left five people dead and led to more than 4,000 suspects being arrested.

The police officers who speak in the film are (in order):

  • Ch Insp Ade Adelekan
  • Insp Andre Ramsey
  • PC Allana Harris
  • Special Constable Michael Lewis
  • Ch Supt Adrian Roberts

Watch Newsnight's full report on the findings of the LSE-Guardian Reading the Riots report on Monday 2 July at 22:30 BST on BBC Two, then afterwards on the BBC iPlayer and Newsnight website.