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Residents count cost of rioting

Horrified residents surveyed the damage to their community after a night of rioting and looting following the fatal shooting of a local man by police.

Eight police officers are being treated in hospital after trouble flared up in Tottenham, north London, on Saturday night.

The violence came two days after a man named locally as Mark Duggan, 29, was gunned down by police in the area.

After a peaceful protest by community members demanding "justice", the mood turned nasty and buildings and vehicles were set alight.

Starting about 200 yards from Tottenham Police Station, the riots then spread to other parts of the local area and by the early hours of the morning, crowds of looters were smashing shop windows in a retail park near Tottenham Hale tube station and plundering goods from almost every store.

Teenagers and adults were said to have turned up in cars and filled their boots with stolen items, unimpeded by police.

Scotland Yard said later that a total of 26 police officers had been injured in the unrest, and 42 people were arrested for offences including violent disorder, burglary and theft.


From Belfast Telegraph