Manchester riot volunteers highlight event

Residents who helped clean up Manchester city centre after the August riots have taken part in a volunteering drive at the town hall.

Almost 200 city centre businesses were damaged in the disorder on 9 August.

Those who gave their time to assist with the clean-up were thanked by the council at an event designed to promote community volunteering.

Deputy council leader, Jim Battle, said their actions had shown "how proud they are of their city".

"We want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the volunteers, businesses, emergency services and council staff who helped," he said.

"The recent riots featured some of the worst criminal scenes of violence and disorder witnessed in Manchester, but we also saw hundreds of ordinary people give their own time to demonstrate how proud they are of their city."

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