Thursday, August 11, 2011

2011 England Riots

The 2011 England riots are ongoing events across England. Widespread public disturbances, including looting, arson attacks, burglary, robbery and some rioting, are ongoing in some cities and towns in England. The rioting began on 6 August 2011 in Tottenham, North London; other riots then occurred elsewhere in London and in some other areas of England. The events followed the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man, Mark Duggan, by officers of the Metropolitan Police Service.[1][2][3][4]

A march by about 200 people in Tottenham became violent and descended into rioting. In the following days, disturbances occurred in other areas of the city, including Wood Green, Enfield Town, Ponders End and Brixton. Vandalism, arson, looting and violent disorder were also reported in several boroughs of London, extending as far south as Croydon. At least 111 police officers were injured. On 8 August 2011, rioting and looting occurred in Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham, Bristol and Medway.[5][6][7][8] More than 1,100 people have been arrested since the start of the disruption,[9] and the Metropolitan Police have been authorised to use baton rounds and water cannon against rioters if deemed necessary.

In response to the incidents, the Prime Minister David Cameron, the Home Secretary Theresa May, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband cut short their holidays to return to London. It was announced that Parliament would be recalled on 11 August to debate the situation,[10] and an extra edition of BBC Question Time would take place later that day, to discuss the riots.[1


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