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Arrests Made in London Riots

London Riot PoliceMore than 40 people were arrested in Tottenham this weekend after serious rioting, during which petrol bombs attacked police and several stores were set on fire after being looted. A carpet shop was set alight, windows were smashed in a retail park, every mobile phone was stolen from a shop, and the window of a Currys and door of an Argos were smashed in – propelling shards across the store floors. Other shops were looted on Wood Green High Street, including the Body Shop, Vision Express, JD Sports and Boots. The rioters also hijacked and set vehicles ablaze, including two police cars and a double-decker bus.

This rioting started after a peaceful protest over the death of 29-year-old Mark Duggan – a father-of-four who was shot and killed by police last Thursday. He was a passenger in a minicab that was stopped in Ferry Lane on Thursday during a planned arrest. Three shots were fired – the first came from inside the minicab, and the other two are said to have been fired by the officers shortly after. An officer was injured in the incident, while his radio was hit with a bullet.

A Duggan family friend, known only as Niki, is cited saying that Duggan’s relatives and friends organised the peaceful protest because something needs to be done; justice is needed for the family. People aren’t happy, as Duggan wasn’t a violent guy. He was involved with things but wasn’t aggressive and never hurt anyone. However, not everyone who showed up to the demonstration planned to be peaceful.

Scotland Yard said on Sunday morning that 26 officers were injured during the violent outbreak, which resulted in the arrest of at least 42 people for theft, burglary and violent disorder. A government spokesman said that the rioting in Tottenham was totally unacceptable, and there’s no premise for this hostility toward police and the public, nor is there any reason for the property damage caused. A police investigation has been launched into the violence, which should be carried out, he added.

Home secretary Theresa May also slammed the violence, saying that such disregard for property and public safety won’t be put up with. The Metropolitan Police have her full support in reestablishing order. She added a tribute to the officers who put themselves in the way of harm. London mayor Boris Johnson said that he is shocked at the violent and destructive scenes in Tottenham. The Acting Commissioner assured him that officers are doing all they can to settle the situation. He also noted that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the events that led to these disturbances. Harming property and people won’t help the investigation; it will only make it worse, he added.

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