Calm restored after London riots

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Calm restored after London riots

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Burned out buildings, some still on fire, bear witness to the violent rioting that took place in the Tottenham area of North London overnight.

The trouble started on Saturday night following the fatal shooting by police of local man Mark Duggan on Thursday during an attempt to arrest him.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, condemned the violence and offered her full support to the police who had to bring in reinforcements from other areas.

Riot officers and mounted police were called in after a peaceful process descended into chaos just after eight o clock on Saturday night.

Upto 200 people clashed with police as vehicles, shops and other buildings were set alight. There are also reports of widespread looting.

The ambulance service said they treated ten people and nine had been taken to hospital.

The area is very close to where one of the UK’s most notorious riots took place just over 25 years ago when a police officer was hacked to death.

By Sunday morning calm had been largely restored. The senior police commander for the area said there had been no justification for the trouble.

The shooting of Mark Duggan is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.