One person has died and at least 225 people have been arrested in riots that began Saturday night after a peaceful protest in a North London community turned violent. People had gathered in Tottenham to protest the death of Mark Doggal, who was shot and killed by police there on Thursday.
Created by TorontoStar on Aug 9, 2011
Last updated: 08/10/11 at 02:50 PM
Thousands of extra police officers flooded the streets of London on Wednesday to deter rioters, and Prime Minister David Cameron warned that the government will take any necessary action to restore order and confidence to Britain’s streets.
In London, where armoured vehicles and convoys of police vans patrolled the streets, authorities said there would be 16,000 officers on duty — almost triple the number present Monday.
A bleeding young man who was the subject of a shocking video that has come to embody the blatant lawlessness of the riots sweeping the U.K. and that has even elicited the outrage of Prime Minister David Cameron has been identified as Mohd Asyraf Haziq, a 20-year-old student from Malaysia.
Some came for the candy. Others carried off flat-screen TVs and smart phones. And still others heaved bricks through windows and set fire to cars in an ecstasy of violence that has terrified British onlookers.
Hundreds of people take to the streets across London today to help clean up the destruction left in the wake of last night’s violence.
Police in the central England city of Nottingham say a group of 30 to 40 men fire bombed a police station as violent rioting which has swept Britain for four days reached another part of the country.
British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and tripled the number of police on the streets of London to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting.
A 26-year-old man shot in a car in Croydon last night has died in hospital, Scotland Yard said. It’s the first death in riots that have raged across London for three days and nights.
Captured on video, ‘Samaritans’ come to the aid of a bleeding man – then rob him.
The House of Reeves was a landmark — the area around it is known as Reeves Corner — and a much-loved independent store in an area dominated by chains. Now it is in ruins.
Police ordered football clubs in London to postpone matches as violence and looting spread across the British capital for a third night Monday, with buildings being set ablaze.
Star freelancer Rosemary Westwood writes: "I often avoid making eye contact with strangers as I walk the streets of London, but until Monday night, I’d never done it out of fear."
On the third night, the violence spread to both middle class and more impoverished neighbourhoods in London. Riots also flared outside London for the first time in Manchester and Liverpool in northern England.
Scattered incidents broke out in Enfield, a few miles north of Tottenham. Later in the evening, the violence spread south to Brixton, Walthamstow and Islington in the north, and on Oxford Street in the city centre.
As the sun came up Sunday, residents surveyed burnt out buildings, patrol cars and a double decker bus.
A peaceful demonstration turned violent, with around 200 people hurtling missiles and bottles on riot officers near Tottenham district police station.
Following the turn to violence in Tottenham, violence broke out in Wood Green.
Taxi driver Mark Duggan, 29, was killed in Tottenham during an arrest attempt. Duggan's death, under investigation by the police watchdog, would spur the riots.