UK riots: Trouble erupts in English cities


Police try to tackle masked youths in Manchester

Sporadic violence has broken out in several cities around England, although London stayed largely quiet overnight.

There was unrest in cities including Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham, with shops being looted and set alight.

Three men died when they were hit by a car in Birmingham - locals claimed they were protecting their neighbourhood.

Greater Manchester Police's assistant chief constable said officers had faced "unprecedented levels of violence".

London Mayor Boris Johnson urged the government to reconsider its plans to cut police numbers, saying the argument had been "substantially weakened" by the riots.

GMP's ACC Garry Shewan said he had seen "the most sickening scenes" of his career, and said the force had been overwhelmed.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday morning he said GMP was "absolutely intent" on bringing the rioters to justice and officers were already studying CCTV.

"Hundreds and hundreds of people, we have your image, we have your face, we have your acts of wanton criminality on film. We are coming for you, from today and no matter how long it takes, we will arrest those people responsible," he said.

Some 113 people have been arrested so far over the trouble in Manchester and Salford, where hundreds of youths looted shops and set fire to cars and buildings.

Three dead

In the West Midlands, 109 have been arrested and 23 charged following scenes of disorder in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich - where vehicles were set on fire.

Meanwhile, West Midlands Police have started a murder inquiry after the deaths of the three pedestrians hit by a car.

In Birmingham, riot police surrounded the Mailbox, the city's upmarket shopping centre, following the disturbances seen in the area on Monday night.

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Wounded officers

Scotland Yard drafted in special constables and community support officers in London to ensure five times the usual number of officers for a Tuesday - 16,000 - were on duty. They made 81 arrests.

UK riots: How Monday's night of violence unfolded

Downing Street said the increased level of policing would remain in place "as long as necessary" to prevent a repeat of the violence.

It said while there was "no complacency," police tactics in London had "clearly worked".

It followed three nights of rioting in the city which saw shops looted, property set alight and police attacked, with some 111 Met officers suffered injuries including serious head and eye wounds, cuts and fractured bones after being attacked by rioters wielding bottles, planks, bricks and even driving cars at them. Five police dogs have also been hurt.

The Met's Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Stephen Kavanagh said London deserved "some resilience and sustainability from police".

'Stand together'

David Cameron, who is chairing a meeting of the cabinet's emergency committee Cobra for the second day running, met officers in the Met Police's Gold command in Lambeth on Tuesday afternoon, before speaking to emergency service personnel in Croydon.

He condemned the "sickening scenes of people looting, vandalising, thieving, robbing".

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He told rioters: "You will feel the full force of the law. And if you are old enough to commit these crimes, you are old enough to face the punishment."

Parliament was being recalled on Thursday, which would allow MPs to "stand together in condemnation of these crimes and to stand together in determination to rebuild these communities", he said.

The prime minister returned early from his holiday in Tuscany to discuss the unrest, which first flared on Saturday after a peaceful protest in Tottenham over the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan, 29, by police.

London has seen a wave of "copycat criminal activity" since the initial disturbance, the Met Police said.

DAC Kavanagh said the use of plastic bullets - never before fired to deal with riots in England - would be "considered carefully" in the event of further disorder.

But he added: "That does not mean we are scared of using any tactic."

Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin had earlier ruled out calling in the Army.

Officers believe some rioters have used Blackberry Messenger - a service allowing users to send free real-time messages - to organise violence.

Referring to proposed police cuts, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "That case was pretty frail and it's been substantially weakened. This is not a time to think about making substantial cuts in police numbers."

Labour leader Ed Miliband called for a "rapid response" from the government to help affected communities.

He urged the government to work with the insurance industry "to put in place fast-track procedures with immediate effect so that individuals and businesses making claims do not have to wait for the money they need to start putting things right".

The Association of British Insurers says the damage is likely to cost insurers "tens of millions of pounds".

Monday's disturbances included:

The Association of British Insurers says the damage is likely to cost insurers "tens of millions of pounds".

Monday's violence started in Hackney, north London, at about 16:20 BST after a man was stopped and searched by police, who found nothing.

Groups of people began attacking officers, wrecking cars with wooden poles and metal bars, and looting shops. Violence then flared separately in other parts of the capital.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who also cut short a holiday to return, was heckled by the members of the public while viewing damage in Clapham Junction on Tuesday.

Some people have complained there have been too few police to deal with the violence.

Mr Johnson told those gathered that those responsible for the violence "face punishment they will bitterly, bitterly regret".

However, when challenged to do more for communities, Mr Johnson rejected "economic or social justifications" for the violence.


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    Comment number 2106.


    Just think, MOST of this scum are hard core criminals anyway, by imprisoning a large number of them for many years will FACTUALLY make our streets SAFER & DECREASE overall crime.

    Thing is, I cannot see prisons coping with numbers, unless present convicts are released early or re-located to miltary prisons etc

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    Comment number 2105.

    "Small wonder the young are furious. They are inheriting the mess their elders have left for them."
    Do you think they even have a clue about the 'mess' they have on their hands? Are you suggesting they have sought facts and information, and are expressing their point of view in legitimate protest?
    Get real.

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    Comment number 2104.

    baton rounds and water cannons MAY be used now dave? too little too late. baton rounds and water cannons should be used first, arm a brave underpaid police officer with a sheild you're inviting someone to throw something at it.

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    Comment number 2103.

    I am actually disgusted with the reaction some have critising the current government who not only cannot control these people but have done nothing to incite this.. we are suffering the consequences of the Labour free living years, these people think they are due things that they have not worked for and dont care who they take them off.

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    Comment number 2102.

    We need to go back to the days when the Police were there to 'impose' law and order.
    The Police cannot flinch without inquiries, suspensions & the IPCC getting involved. When a PC knows his employers, society and government will not back him, why should he/she put their life and career at risk to protect others.

  • rate this

    Comment number 2101.

    Manchester calling... Manchester calling.... Can we have our coppers back?

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    Comment number 2100.

    its easy to say rioters are bringing this country to its knees etc etc. yes, its raw violence , unsophistcated & obvious. In my opinion the real culprits are the energy companies, the banks, BT....

    Get real, the scum on the streets are just too lazy/stupid to work & want to steal 'stuff'. They are to blame nobody else.

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    Comment number 2099.

    This is not rioting - call it what it is - "wanton destruction and theft"

    I am part of the silent majority.

    Give us our streets back - you are not worthy to be on them!

  • rate this

    Comment number 2098.

    The billion we have spent bombing Lybians, can we have some of that to police Manchester?

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    Comment number 2097.

    43 Minutes ago
    There must be thousands of muck spreaders in the country, get some of them into town and give these people a bit of what they've been dishing out.

    Woudnt make any difference, because these people eat minging muck for breakfast, their brains are also made from muck & so much minging muck just comes out their mouth when they speak.

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    Comment number 2096.

    These are the result of a section of society being bought up in families where they are not taught right from wrong, receive no intellectual stimulation or support for education from their parents so they fall behind and fail at school, believe it's OK not to work and set against a backdrop of ultra individualistic society so will take the chance to steal material goods ruining peoples livelihoods

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    Comment number 2095.

    60 million UK citizens just standing back & watching on TV hidden behind closed doors while a few thousand criminals destroy our nation bit by bit.

    Its time to REACT, its time to SHOW these scum criminals the consequences of their actions.



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    Comment number 2094.

    " bob

    1 Hour ago

    Claiming there are 'no opportunities' is nonsense. The UK provides everyone with a free education
    + +
    I think you should get your facts straight. that simply isn't true. I'm doing an OU course..."

    He clearly means until age 18: something 2/3rds of the world's population would only dream of. You couldn't do your OU course without it.

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    Comment number 2093.

    Does this mean that the Met police phone hacking investigation will be kicked even further into the long grass?

  • rate this

    Comment number 2092.

    I've got myself a baseball bat. I'm going to defend my family and home whatever the consequences. Rioters/Cowards, I'm ready and waiting.

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    Comment number 2091.

    The softly softly approach isn't working ,youths have nothing to fear as the punishment is minimal ,they see hardly anyone getting arrested so carry on with their deplorable actions.
    Every person I've spoke to wishes the police had the right to go out beat these mindless thugs off the streets.
    Cameron needs to wake up and in this instance allow the Police to use whatever force is necessary.

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    Comment number 2090.

    1.Tory Bankers Stole My Cash
    9th August 2011 - 11:30
    Will the government now accept that cuts to police numbers, pay and pensions are WRONG ?

    No they will not, because they live in a fantasy idealistic world far removed from reality of the majority of life experiences of UK population.
    UK governments are so cowardly, human rights are DESTROYING our ability to protect ourselves & exist

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    Comment number 2089.

    Instead of sticking them in prison, send them all to do their community service at a refugee camp on the Kenyan border. Then they can see what real poverty and lack of opportunities are...oh and see starvation and disease whilst they are at it/. Perhaps wanting to become the next blinged up gangster rappa wannabe will seem less important

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    Comment number 2088.

    I live in a middle-class neighbourhood, and yet there is a significant number of youth in the area who drive very expensive cars, deal in drugs and crime. Why? Because the bottom line is that crime is 'cooler' and pays more than getting a regular job. Even prison is 'cool'. Until the court-systems strip people of all their ill-gotten gains and then humiliate them publicly, it will remain cool.

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    Comment number 2087.

    lets get radical for a new start before being allwed to breed the following conditions should be met.

    1. a compulsory inteligence test
    2.compulsory marriage with a ten year minimum term least one prospective parent in full time employment
    4.regular drug and alchohol testing
    5.a fixed residence

    In other words a fit environment for a child to be brought up oroperly


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