Leicester

Youths attack shops in Leicester city centre

Damaged shop in Leicester
Image caption Windows were smashed and shops looted, according to witnesses

Groups of youths have attacked buildings in Leicester city centre as violence continued in several towns and cities across England.

One nightclub owner has described how gangs of youngsters smashed windows and looted shops.

The disorder was focused on areas including Highcross Street, Granby Street and Market Street.

Thirteen people have been arrested on suspicion of offences such as criminal damage, burglary and violent disorder.

Stores at the Highcross Shopping Centre and around the cultural quarter are among those to have been damaged.

Leicestershire Police said large numbers of officers, along with the force helicopter, had been deployed to combat the disorder and disperse those causing damage.

James Cockerill, who owns two pubs and a nightclub in the city, said: "There were swarms of hooded Asian, black and white youths in their 20s, and some as young as 12, being hounded out of Leicester city centre at around midnight.

"There is a massive police presence near the train station, Charles Street and the main shopping area. Shops have had windows smashed and been looted.

"Thankfully, my businesses - two gay pubs and a gay nightclub - have not been affected, but my staff and managers have barricaded the premises. They were very shaken by what they saw."

Elsewhere in the country, three police stations in Nottingham were attacked - with one set on fire - and trouble also broke out in Manchester, Salford and Birmingham.

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