In UK looters attack regional centres as police are summoned to capital – VOR
Laaska News August 10,2011
Riots in Britain. Photo: EPA
Manchester has become a new centre of rioting in the UK tonight. After vast numbers of regionally stationed police officers had been summoned to maintain calm in the capital London burglars and looters relocated to bigger cities across the country with Midlands and Manchester being affected worst of all.
Gangs of youngsters have been roaming Manchester in search of new shops and properties to loot, the focus of their attention being jewelers’, designer clothes and accessory stores.
In West Bromwich and Wolverhampton near Birmingham two cars were torched and over 200 young people clashed with the police.
After three nights of unrest London has been patrolled by some 16,000 police officers.
First death in London riots
One participant in the recent London riots died in Clapham hospital on Tuesday. This is the first death in unrest seen in London and the cities of Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Liverpool. The injured number some 100 people.
UK PM David Cameron has pledged to do everything to restore order in London and other British cities gripped by riots, promised to send 16,000 policemen instead of the current 6,000 to the streets of London.
UK PM pledges to restore order by all means
David Cameron. Photo: EPA
UK PM David Cameron has pledged to do everything to restore order in London and other British cities gripped by riots, speaking after an emergency Cobra meeting. He also warned that police will be tough in suppressing unrest and called its participants criminals. Cameron promised to send 16,000 policemen instead of the current 6,000 to the streets of London.
On Thursday, British Parliament will be recalled from holidays for an urgent meeting over riots seen in London for the last three days with young extremists clashing with police, putting cars and shops on fire and marauding. Last night riots spread to Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Liverpool.
In UK, mass-scale unrest spreads to Bristol
According to the Associated Press news agency, mass riots have spread to Bristol, in the southwest of England, – the fourth city following London, Birmingham and Liverpool where young rioters have staged pogroms.
The riots erupted in protest against the killing of a local in a shootout with police in Tottenham, on the outskirts of London, a few days ago. As a result, spontaneous protests have spilt over into pillage and looting. 35 police officers have already been injured in clashes with the hooligans.
More than 300 rioters have been arrested thus far. Charges have been filed against 69 of them. Besides, a football match between England and Holland, due in London on Wednesday, is at risk.
Prime Minister David Cameron has returned from his vacation ahead of schedule over the riots.