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Victim's family condemns rioting

The family of a man shot dead by police say they "are not condoning" the riots and looting that rocked north London, leaving 26 police officers injured.

The trouble flared up following a protest march in Tottenham, north London, two days after Mark Duggan, 29, was gunned down. Talking of the ensuing violence, Mr Duggan's brother's Shaun Hall told Sky News: "We're not condoning any kind of actions like that at all. It seems to be the press who are generally saying that it is linked to my brother. OK, some questions were supposed to have been answered, they weren't answered, therefore there was a domino effect from that, we don't condone that at all."

Community and political leaders were swift to criticise the rioting, looting and arson that swept across the area after the protest by community members demanding "justice" for Mr Duggan turned nasty, with buildings and vehicles including a double-decker bus and two police cars engulfed in flames.

Scotland Yard said 26 officers were injured during the unrest, and 55 people were arrested for offences including violent disorder, burglary and theft. All the injured officers have now been released from hospital.

Meanwhile, police said "several" people were arrested in an incident in Enfield on the night after the riot. They also said that three officers were injured in an incident at Brixton, south London at 6.30pm on Sunday. The officers were taken to hospital, but their condition was not believed to be serious.

The Guardian quoted a source as saying that initial tests suggested a bullet found lodged in a police radio after Mr Duggan's death was police issue. The IPCC would not comment on this until all ballistics and forensic tests are complete.

Downing Street called the rioting "utterly unacceptable", while Home Secretary Theresa May said: "Such disregard for public safety and property will not be tolerated." Meanwhile, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he was "appalled at the scenes of violence and destruction", while local MP David Lammy also condemned the rioting.

Scotland Yard said it has an operation in place across the capital, with " high visibility" patrols being carried out and additional officers stationed in Tottenham.

On Sunday night, groups of hooded youths, some numbering 30 or so, ran around Enfield, in different directions, apparently out to enjoy themselves. Many had their faces covered and some carried sticks and other weapons.

Leader of Enfield Council Doug Taylor said he believed disturbances there on Sunday were linked to events in Tottenham the day before. He said: "There's got to be a link to that extent that it's the day after and the police are hugely well organised in Tottenham so maybe this was seen as the place to have a second night."


From Belfast Telegraph