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London police condemn 'copycat' violence

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London police condemn 'copycat' violence


An outbreak of rioting that hit part of North London on Saturday has spread to other parts of the UK capital.

Police have condemned what they call “copycat” violence. Shops have been looted, cars set on fire. More than 100 people have been arrested and 35 police officers injured.

The trouble began in Tottenham, sparked by a wave of anger over a local man who was shot dead during a police operation.

It then spread yesterday and overnight to neighbouring areas, while there was more violence south of the Thames in Brixton, where a large gang of youths looted shops and clashed with police.

Tottenham and Brixton saw serious race riots in the 1980s, leading to an overhaul of policing methods. Many say race relations have improved.

The areas have changed dramatically, with plenty of new wealth.

Deprivation still exists, but many say that is no excuse for the widespread looting.

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