Monday, August 8, 2011

London riots: Violence spreads in the capital and beyond -- Reports of rioting now in Birmingham and Liverpool

Riots have spread to new areas of London while looting erupted in the cities of Birmingham and Liverpool as Britain's worst violence in decades extended into the third night.

Shops and cars were set ablaze across London late on Monday and early on Tuesday as authorities struggled to contain the unrest in the capital city which will host next summer's Olympic Games.

Looting by groups of hooded youths spread to Ealing in west London and Camden in the north. Television pictures showed groups of men running through the streets and smashing shop windows.

They also set fire to buildings in Croydon, a south London suburb, and Clapham, where they looted shops and cash machines and set fire to at least one shop.

The violence, which began in the northern Tottenham district on Saturday, also spread to Peckham and Lewisham. In Peckam, flames leapt into the air from a torched building, while rubble was strewn across the street. People walked in and out of shops looting.

Police with riot shields responded by charging them as they tried to seal off an area around Hackney Central station in the east of the city. Dozens of officers have now been deployed to the streets of Hackney.

But in a sign that the unrest had spilled outside of the capital, attackers smashed shops and looted property in the central England city of Birmingham.

West Midlands Police confirmed they had made 87 arrests as youths ran amok in Birmingham centre overnight, smashing shop windows and looting merchandise. The force also said that a police station was on fire. (more)