UK riots: Trouble erupts in English cities

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Sporadic violence has broken out in several cities around England, although London stayed largely quiet overnight.There was unrest in cities including Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham, with shops being looted and set alight.

Three men died when they were hit by a car in Birmingham – locals claimed they were protecting their neighbourhood.

Greater Manchester Police's assistant chief constable said officers had faced "extraordinary levels of violence."

ACC Garry Shewan said his force had faced "groups of criminals intent on committing widespread disorder."

Some 113 people have been arrested so far over the trouble in Manchester and Salford, where hundreds of youths looted shops and set fire to cars and buildings.

In the West Midlands, 109 have been arrested and 23 charged following scenes of disorder in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich – where vehicles were set on fire.

Meanwhile, West Midlands Police have started a murder inquiry after the deaths of the three pedestrians hit by a car.

In Birmingham, riot police surrounded the Mailbox, the city's upmarket shopping centre, following the disturbances seen in the area on Monday night. (Source: BBC)

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  • LoneRanger Wednesday, 10 August 2011 02:42 PM

    The results of the sagging economy. It is time Obama and Cameron should full responsibility for this and act fast.

    ilango Thursday, 11 August 2011 04:22 AM

    it reminds 1983 riots against innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka.

    Lankikaya Thursday, 11 August 2011 04:22 AM

    Will the USA send in its Army to quell the rebels in England? Will it turn into another Libya or Egypt?

    Senior Citixen Wednesday, 10 August 2011 02:59 PM

    Below is a quote from the British PM Mr Cameron. Note how he talks about "Phoney Human Rights Issues" in the 2nd paragraph.:-

    "Mr Cameron said pockets of society were "sick" and slammed the "disgusting" behaviour of looters, including a gang who pretended to help an injured man before robbing him.
    He warned those responsible that police would find them and wouldn't allow "phoney" human rights issues prevent them from using pictures to identify criminals.
    "We needed a fightback and a fightback is underway," he said."

    malkanthi Wednesday, 10 August 2011 09:37 AM

    UK and other European governments should understand that these unruly gangs are all over the world, creating problems and the governments are supposed to answer.

    Nishantha Rajapaksa Thursday, 11 August 2011 05:58 AM

    hondha wede... lankawe prashna walata atha daanawata...

    seewali Wednesday, 10 August 2011 10:06 AM

    The England is yielding what they spread in the Earth !

    Jhone Wednesday, 10 August 2011 10:26 AM

    Travel Ban to London,

    Konde Bendapucheenaa Wednesday, 10 August 2011 10:36 AM

    Anti Social Behavior in England among teen s is the worst in the world.There were age of 9,10 children looting @ Manchester Yesterday,what ugly seen to watch on TV.

    enpee Thursday, 11 August 2011 08:04 AM

    Yes we learnt a lesson. Thanks to JR and UNP government at that time..

    sparks Wednesday, 10 August 2011 11:42 AM

    How come you did not see this kind of behaviour in 1983 over here?

    Bird Eye Wednesday, 10 August 2011 12:52 PM

    Poor blacks.

    Gayan Wednesday, 10 August 2011 01:21 PM

    But their opposition not blaming the government for this national tragedy. They are not "politicising the riots".Lessons to be learned here from UK.

    sabry jainudeen Wednesday, 10 August 2011 01:47 PM

    that was politically motivated.but can u remember how many tamil families given shelter by Sinhala people.mind u there was no racism in Sri Lanka.


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