[googlead tip=”lista_mare” aliniat=”stanga”]Riots have spread across England capital on a third night of violence, with disturbances flaring up in other cities – Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol.
In addition to the regular street police officers number, another 1,700 were deployed in London, where stores were looted and buildings were torched.
The British PM, David Cameron has returned earlier from his vacation to discuss the unrest, which first flared on Saturday after a peaceful protest in Tottenham over the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by police.
At least 400 people have been arrested following the street violence across London over the last three days, the London Metropolitan Police said.
According to Scotland Yard, 69 people had been charged with offences.
Steven Kavanagh, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner told to BBC Breakfast
“It was a shocking and appalling morning for London to wake up to”
“The Met (Metropolitan London Police) was stretched beyond belief in a way that it has never experienced before.”
When asked at what stage he would consider bringing in the Army, he responded by saying “all options are being considered”.
3 people have been arrested today on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was injured by a car in Brent, Northwest London, while trying to stop suspected looters.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]The PM David Cameron will chair an emergency meeting in Downing Street 10 as Britain faces the worst night of rioting in the last 20 years.
He’s shortened his summer holiday and flown back from Italy to deal with the escalating crisis.
David Cameron will meet Home Secretary, Theresa May and Acting Scotland Yard Commissioner, Tim Godwin before chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency planning committee (the Government’s emergency committee) at 9 a.m., local time.
Asked why the PM had now decided to return from his vacation, after previously saying he would not, a Downing Street source said:
“The situation has become more serious.”
For David Cameron this situation could be a key moment that shapes how his premiership is seen.
A failure to maintain safety on the streets is seen to be a government failure and he can’t afford for there to be a fourth night of disturbances.
Although Downing Street says David Cameron had been monitoring the situation on “an hourly basis” while on holiday, he appeared well behind the curve of public anger at the rioting.
On the other hand, David Cameron must be aware that some in his own party and in right-leaning papers will be ready to cite the riots as evidence that the prime minister is not sufficiently focused on law and order.
The BBC Daily Politics presenter, Andrew Neil, writing on Twitter, said the riots were the prime minister’s “first real crisis”,
adding “now we will find out if Mr. Cameron is composed of the stuff of leadership”.
Police have struggled to curb the wave of mob violence, which began on Saturday night in Tottenham, Northern London, when a peaceful march against the police deadly shooting of a local man, 29-year-old Mark Duggan, turned into a chaos.
Birmingham was the first city, after London, where rioting has erupted in, with store windows being smashed and shops being looted during what police described as “mindless thuggery”.
A police station in Handsworth, about 3 miles out of the city centre, was later reported by police to be set ablaze.
Among the shops damaged in the city centre were a McDonald’s restaurant and an Armani store at the Mailbox shopping centre which was looted.
According to the police, about 100 people had been arrested, many of them young people.
11 people have been taken to a number of hospitals in the city.
The riots started during the early evening. At 23:45, local time, West Midlands Police confirmed the police station in Holyhead Road was on fire and also reported some of its cars had come under attack on Holyhead Road.
Ambulance crews said they had been called to 24 incidents – mostly treating people who had been assaulted.
Injuries included cuts and bruises to the head and a dislocated knee.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]Police urged parents to contact their children and get them to return home.
West Midlands Police said 4 people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, 4 for violent disorder and one for a breach of the peace.
West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe said she still had a significant number of officers in Birmingham city centre.
“There is still outbreaks of violence and looting of shops is still taking place.”
“We will continue to make arrests while this mindless thuggery takes place in our city centre. It is totally unacceptable.”
She added her first priority was to bring calm back to the city centre and appealed to parents to phone their children and get them to come home.
Police had been aware of “Twitter intelligence” from lunchtime, suggesting there would be trouble in the city during the evening.
Police said officers were controlling access on some of the routes into Birmingham.
Police in riot gear were positioned in several parts of the city centre, with some advising onlookers to get off the streets.
Police have also urged people to think twice before calling emergency services with non-urgent calls as there is high demand for services.
Shabana Mahmood, Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood, said it was “mindless criminality”.
“Obviously we have to have a debate and consider whether there are underlying reasons and learn some of the lessons potentially from some of these incidents as well.”
“I think that’s a debate for another day really because I think at the moment, the really important thing is that we need to support the police in the work they’re doing.”
Councilor Paul Tilsley, deputy leader of the city council, said the authority would make every effort possible from first light on Tuesday to clear up any damage and bring normality back to the city.
“To this end we’d stress to retailers, workers and shoppers alike that the city remains very much open for business and would encourage them to come in as normal tomorrow.”
Police in Liverpool have been dealing with a number of “isolated outbreaks” of disorder, including reports of vehicles on fire and criminal damage.
Merseyside Police said a number of officers were deployed to the south of the city after being called to reports of disorder at 22:00, local time, on Monday.
There have been reports of objects being thrown at riot police and their vans.
There were reports from an eyewitness of up to 200 youths wearing masks in Toxteth.
High Park Street was partly blocked by police with vans and officers wearing riot gear as a group of youths gathered in Dingle.
A police helicopter circled the area.
There were reports of a 10-minute stand-off in Admiral Street, with youths throwing bottles, cans and sticks at riot police.
The youths eventually dispersed into three separate groups.
Assistant Chief Constable, Andy Ward said:
“Officers have tonight dealt with a small number of incidents of violence across the city.”
“We will not tolerate any violence on the streets of Liverpool and have taken swift and robust action in response.”
“We will work hard to ensure the people involved in the incidents are brought to justice.”
“Merseyside Police has good links with communities across the region and over the last two days we have worked closely with residents to assess tensions within the community.”
“We will continue to work with community leaders across the region to ensure an appropriate response to any incidents that occur.”
Public was advised to avoid the Smithdown Road, Upper Parliament Street, Lodge Lane and Lawrence Road.
Monday evening, several stores have been damaged and cars set on fire after disorder broke out in parts of Bristol.
About 150 people have been involved in the disturbances in several areas, including the city centre and the Cabot Circus and Broadmead areas.
Avon and Somerset Police said 4 arrests were made but more were expected, as CCTV is reviewed.
A police spokesman said the force had been prepared for the possibility of disorder following events in other parts of the UK and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.
The disturbances were eventually brought to an end in the early hours of Tuesday.