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"Criminal thugs" blamed for London riots

"Criminal thugs" blamed for London riots
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The clean-up, questions and recriminations are continuing after last night’s riots in north London.

The violence erupted in Tottenham after a peaceful protest over a local man who was shot dead during a police operation on Thursday.

A total of 26 police officers were hurt during the unrest while 42 people were arrested for offences including violent disorder, burglary and theft.

Local member of parliament David Lammy appealed for calm. “This must stop,” Lammy told reporters, saying he did not know if everyone had escaped flats above shops that were gutted by fire. “A community that was already hurting has now had the heart ripped out of it.”

The violence was very close to the area where one of Britain’s most notorious race riots occurred 26 years ago.

It appears anger over the shooting of Mark Duggan was the cause of this riot. Community leaders say there had been no explanation over the circumstances surrounding his death.

The Metropolitan Police will doubtless face scrutiny over its handling of the incident, coming just under a year before London hosts the Olympic Games.