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London riots: Almost 3,300 offences investigated

  • 22 August 2011
  • From the section London

Police are investigating almost 3,300 offences following the riots and looting in London.

The Metropolitan Police said 1,883 people had been arrested and more than 1,074 charged in connection with the disorder between 6 and 9 August.

The most common crimes were burglary (1,101), damage to vehicles (399), theft (310) and arson (162).

The Met said it had more than 1,100 crime scenes in 22 boroughs, and 20,000 hours of CCTV footage to review.

Figures from the force also show that 396 juveniles have been arrested, of which 218 have been charged.

A Met spokesman said: "There were 3,296 reported total notifiable offences linked to the disorder that occurred across London between 6 and 9 August."

'Invaluable assistance'

The trouble started in Tottenham, north London, following a peaceful protest over the fatal police shooting of Mark Duggan.

Riots took place over the next few days across London and other English cities, including Birmingham and Manchester.

Two people were murdered in London during the violence.

In response to the disorder a major investigation was set up by the Met, codenamed Operation Withern.

Cdr Simon Foy said: "We continue to work closely with London's communities and are extremely grateful for their invaluable assistance.

"With your help we have brought a significant number of people to justice.

"But the scale of the task the Met's officers face is not to be underestimated.

"Twenty-two of London's 32 boroughs were affected by the disorder and there are many more people who must answer for their actions."

Meanwhile, the force has released more than 50 new images of people it wants to speak to in relation to the disorder.

The 52 photographs released on Saturday relate to the looting and violent disorder in Lewisham, Southwark, Greenwich, Merton, Enfield and Hackney on 7, 8 and 9 August.

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