Raj News

Raj News

Archive for the ‘August Riots 2011: London Riots’ Category

The Fifth Night of London Riots 10/8/2011 and 11/8/2011 Parliamentary Session

leave a comment »

Latest Map of riots occuring in the UK:

at 7:44pm – 10/8/2011

The riots are said to  be started by the shooting of Mark Duggan – and a peaceful protest in Tottenham turned violent outside a police station, since then the UK has seen similar scenes of violence. It has seen ministers come home from their holidays and they have been making statements.

Boris Johnson addresses the crowd holding a broom in Clapham

A unique quote from the past few days is from Boris Johnson: who said before he came back from holiday – “I am not going to come back at the moment because I have complete confidence in the police and I think that they are doing a very, very good job … the people who did this were criminals and their behaviour was criminal behaviour and it was in no way justified by the questions that people are asking about Michael Duggan”. (Metro) He had got Mark Duggan’s name wrong – and that’s not been all the news of Boris Johnson – he was heckled yesterday by locals in Clapham who were shouting “where’s your broom!”

The Mayor subsequently picked up a broom and approached the crowds saying you are the “real spirit of London”.

He also went on to say: “I want to say first of all to everybody who owns a shop, to everybody who owns a business here, how very sorry I am for the loss and the damage that you have suffered.”

Mr Johnson was out and about today and was in Enfield and he said to the inflamed community ” “Obviously we cannot be complacent. We cannot guarantee anything because you never know, but we think we have got it on the way to being sorted out.”

The Police have responded to their soft tactics against the looters – although yesterday saw a rioter in Manchester being hit several times with a baton – a police spokesman said it was sometimes too “risky” to make an arrest. The spokesperson went on to say:

“It is simply wrong to suggest officers were initially told not to actively arrest those involved in disorder,” and further said

“As always the decision to make an arrest is down to the individual officer on the ground who must weigh up whether it is appropriate bearing in mind risks of further inflaming the crowd, wider operational requirements and our ability to gather evidence to arrest later.”

The problem that the locals all across the UK have is that they should have been protected against the looters and the police’s softer tactics are seen as being the result of extensive damage to property which could have been avoided if they were more “robust” as their operations are now going to be.

In court today for looting was an eleven year old and a man who works as a teachers assistant – the boy and man admitted charges to looting. The clean up has been happening all over the country and boarding up of damaged buildings and shops.

The Prime-minister said today “We will take every action necessary to restore the order on our streets.”

Tim Godwin – The Acting Chief Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police said of yesterday nights rioting scene in London as “far quieter” compared with the riots on Monday, he said “there will be many more arrests to come” and “we will catch them all.” He talked of the support received from the community “who are standing up and saying this is outrageous”.

David Cameron has announced that “every action will be taken to restore order, with contingency plans for water cannons to be available at 24 hours’ notice.”

The latest is that Keith Vaz the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee has said “his committee will decide on Thursday whether to hold an inquiry into what has happened” if an inquiry is held it will look at the causes of the riots. (21:30pm)

An image from Croydon on Monday (8/8/2011) which has become prolific in the riots media coverage shows a woman jumping from her flat:

The image made the front pages of many newspapers including: The Guardian, Times, Sun, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph and it also made the inside pages of all other national titles.

An A4 sized leaflet has been making the rounds amongst many apparently, it was found outside an Argos store in Dalston, which informs rioters not to panic if they think they may be identified from photos in Tottenham and provides advice:

The leaflet apparently gives a further insight into the fact that their is a certain amount of organisation amongst the rioters.

The latest is that a Sikh place of worship (Gurudwara) is on fire in Derby and this is in the aftermath of a mosque apparently being burnt a few days ago – RUMOURS FOR NOW – YET TO BE CONFIRMED (A Sangat TV reporter reported this via a tweet) (1:41am) The Gurudwara on fire turned out to be a car on fire nearby from further reports. As for the Mosque it is said to have had missiles thrown at it by two teenager boys – who are now being questioned – this happened on Monday 8th August.

Sangat TV made the BBC news for their broadcasting of exclusive footage of the riots globally; the BBC said of Sangat TV “SANGAT TV, which was unheard of by most people just a few days ago, has taken viewers right to the heart of the disorder with its own unique style of reporting and plea for calm.” The footage was re-broadcast by News channels in India and also by SKY, CNN and the BBC the footage was of riots in Birmingham.

There have been many arrests and this has seen some courts open throughout the night.

Three teenage boys have been arrested in relation to the Sony Warehouse in Enfield; Indie labels music was stocked there and the fire has left Sony without their artists’ CD’s including one of their signings Adele also the UK film industry will be at a loss as many film companies had their stock within their warehouse, which was due for distribution. The burning of the building began on Monday 8th August.

The fifth night saw less violence, and from reports a car was on fire – Birmingham and the Midlands were the areas which were being looked at carefully by the Police – Eltham also saw some incidents and missiles were thrown at the police.

“Britain’s fifth night of rioting has passed with less violence but no clear end to the problem. The Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure to reverse cuts in welfare, including such services as youth clubs in deprived areas.” (ABC NEWS – Australian)

Last night is being reported as calm in most cities. Eltham and many other places have had non-looters patrolling alongside the police – the following is an image from Eltham last night.

There is concern that the EDL – and the BNP will use what is being described as vigilante turnouts to their own advantage for inciting racial tensions.

David Cameron is to speak to Parliament (11:30am), which is being recalled today to discuss the riots in the country. He said: When there are important events in our country, it is right that Parliament is recalled and that we show a united front.” He also went on to say: “More than 1,500 people have now been arrested across the country” and said we are “a year away from the Olympics, we need to show them the Britain that doesn’t destroy, but that builds; that doesn’t give up but stands up; that doesn’t look back, but always forwards”.

 

Croydon’s House of Reeves furniture store : the aftermath of one of the largest iconic fires throughout the London riots

A debate  has begun from 19:00pm at Parliament which will see statements from ministers on the riots it is expected to last until 11:00pm.

186 Police officers have been reported as injured since Saturday 6th August when the riots began in Tottenham and spread across the UK.

Latest reports from yesterday and today (11/8/2011) about the riots, are that apparently, some journalists in Leicester paid youths to riot in Leicester:

The London Riots 10/08/2011

leave a comment »

Everywhere seems to be damage, shopping centre’s in particular.

Yesterday saw Riots in Manchester – violence against property was done by the involvement of initially 100 rioters and went on to grow from 1.000 to 200o – and the Manchester riot police did their best to keep the situation under control and images were seen of a riot police officer in the midst of a group of officers –  beat a rioter who was on a bike and he fell of it before he was hit by a baton and kicked once – whether this is the robust action the Government has been referring to or whether this is an individual case remains to be seen.

Miss Selfridge in Manchester was burnt – the following are photos of the shop on fire and the shop after the blaze which happened yesterday (Tuesday 9/8/2011).

Miss Selfridge fire Manchester.jpg

The COBRA meeting went ahead with David Cameron chairing. Parliament will gather to meet and discuss the events all around London and England tomorrow (Thursday 11/8/2011). David Cameron has said “The fightback has begun” and also said “We will do everything necessary to restore order” he also spoke of Human Rights saying “Picture by picture, these criminals are being identified, arrested and we will   not let any phoney concerns about human rights get in the way of the publication of these pictures and arrest of these individuals”. The Prime-minister also spoke of the shocking video of a man who was bleeding, being helped up to his feet and then having the contents of his rucksack looted by the same people, whilst it was still around his shoulders – Mr Cameron referred to the video and the looted man as a “disgusting site” he has also called the riots “sickening”.

The Police are going to continue making arrests of the rioters by identifying them through photos and have posted the images online.

Another key figure – The Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said ““The 16,000 police on the streets of London made a big difference last night in restoring calm.” The Government and the peaceful loving citizen will be hoping for more of this calm. Yesterday night the number of arrests in the Midlands reached 163.

As for a quote from someone who is not a politician – The father of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor said that rioters “should not take matters into their own hands and destroy their own communities”. (Monday 8th August).

In Birmingham 3 men were knocked down by a car in a hit and run incident, they have been named as Haroon Jahan, Shahzad Ali and Abdul Musavir. A murder inquiry is said to be underway and David Cameron offered his condolences to the families involved.

Haroon Jahan, Shahzad Ali and Abdul Musavir

Tariq Jahan the father of one of the men murdered said “I was told my son was lying behind me and I started CPR on him.” He had come out of his house to find three men lying on the floor in blood, he immediately started to help, before he was told the above. He also said “I miss him deeply.”

805 People arrested says the Metropolitan Police since Saturday. The Scottish Police have been brought in to help with riots in North England and the Midlands.

4th Night of London Riots – 9/8/2011

with one comment

Police Helicopters are scanning the sky and helping with riot police operations to stop the violence, erupting all across England, and most recently in Manchester, where the shopping centre – like many others has been targeted. (19:43pm)

Today saw the Police apprehending looters at their homes on the front of their drives; in an effort to stamp out these violent looters and their arsenic ways. One of the scenes on the streets, – were fireworks – set off by rioters.

A bus on fire Croydon

Riots in Enfield, Edmonton, and Walthamstow; Croydon – saw a bus on fire and clashes with the police, Brixton saw a Footlocker store on fire.

There has been much talk of what measures should be used by the police in relation to riots; whether the police should implement the use of plastic bullets and whether watercannons should be used.

The IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) is still to provide further information on the shooting of Mr Mark Duggan, who was said to be in possession of a gun illegally. The specialist firearms department called C019 were said to have fired shots and Mr Duggan was pronounced dead on the scene. A C019 officer had a bullet in his radio from what is said to be a ricocheted police bullet.  The IPCC are saying that the inquiry could take up to six months.

An inquest into Mr Duggan’s death was opened at North London Coroner’s Court in High Barnet and adjourned until 12 December. (BBC).

One thing is for sure – the police will be out in force tonight; this has been an issue for many residents saying that there was a lack of police whilst looting was taking place and there was no police protection being provided. Residents in Clapham voiced this view vociferously to London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Manchester’s shopping centre is being over-run by 1000’s of youths, riot police are operating with the use of police vans, officers, helicopters, dogs and horses. Miss Selfridge is on fire.  (19:50)pm. There have been reports that 2000 rioters have been vandalising the city centre.

Woolwich is seeing clashes with the police . (21:00pm)

Earlier in the day, saw West Bromwich on the riot scene, with windows being smashed, bins set on fire, and mobs of people around the city centre.

David Cameron is to hold another COBRA meeting tomorrow (Wednesday). David Cameron referred to the riots as “appalling scenes” and talked of rioters even attacking fire crews whilst they tried to put out fires. He also said that there will be “Many arrests to come”.

The disorder taking place has brought up talks of the Army being brought in; although most talks of this has been ruled out by ministers and Simon Reed who is the Vice Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales.

Parked cars have been burnt in Manchester – scenes which started of in Tottenham have gone on to be copied in London and further i.e. – the multiple shopping centre attacks. 15 arrests in Manchester and Salford. Police station in Nottingham has been fire-bombed by 30-40men, no injuries reported.

The media have found themselves being attacked in their efforts to report the events happening across London – the journalists, photographers, and camera operators have been the peaceful ones on the streets; and they have also been targeted for their mobile phones and camera equipment. The police have been using video camera’s to record people’s actions, similar to as they did at the student protests of November 2010.

12:02am: Riots ongoing in Manchester – arrests being made are also ongoing.

21 year old man has been arrested for the huge Croydon fire on the furniture store called – House of Reeves. Police in London doing their best to keep law and order – earlier on saw clashes with the police.

The London Riots 9/8/2011

with one comment

The London Riots seem to be ongoing at the moment, the fires are too; the police are around London even now 1:10am;  The places being mentioned since today: have been Clapham, Croydon, Birmingham, and even Liverpool.

The latest fires are at Croydon within a furniture shop called Reeves Corner and Ealing Broadway where the shopping centre is said to be on fire. Yesterday saw  Croydon’s shopping centre looted and in Birmingham the Bullring shopping centre was looted, also a police station in Handsworth, Birmingham, was set on fire. Liverpool is seing their shopping centre swooped upon by around 300 people; the police are there and trying to deal with isolated outbreaks of violence and looting.

A report on the shooting of Mark Duggan is to be available today and is being provided by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The IPCC has said there is no evidence that any shots were fired by Mr Duggan.

As for the football matches West Ham and other London clubs have been told to call of their fixtures due to the dangers the riots pose. The England and Netherlands football match will be cancelled on Wednesday.

The rioters have not only been looting and damaging property, they have been clashing with police, throwing wood, bricks, and stones, at the police and all this has certainly happened yesterday and is still happening now throughout the night, the third night of violence.

The latest is that there are clashes happening with the police in Hackney. On Saturday, 26 police officers were injured, eight requiring hospital treatment, whilst the riots took place in Tottenham. (1:20am)

The scenes have been shocking to see – with a Furniture shop ablaze called House of Reeves which has been around since 1867 in Croydon making most of the headlines.

Riots in Bristol being reported which has kicked off after midnight.

David Cameron is due back today and will be chairing the Government’s Emergency meeting COBRA to discuss The London Riots. The clashes started on Saturday in Tottenham which saw the high street left devastated.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said it was “needless opportunistic theft and violence” which he said had “absolutely nothing to do with the death of Mark Duggan.” Nick was today booed and told “your a little too late.”

The Scotland Yard Commander Christin Jones has said that “Tonights acts are simply inexcusable.” Armoured vehicles have been used in the Metropolitan Police’s operations in protecting locals and their property. 525 People have been arrested since Saturday’s riots. 6,000 police officer were in London last night (Monday 8/8/2011); of these officers 44 have been injured.

The riots have been ongoing since the night all across England – and daytime today is still seeing ongoing violence, similar to yesterday.

David Cameron has said that Parliament will be recalled on Thursday. The Prime-minister has today (Tuesday) visited Croydon. The Prime-minister has said “We will do everything necessary to restore order”

In Croydon a 26 year old man was found in his car with gunshot wounds, and he later died in hospital. The Metropolitan Police operation Trident is launching an investigation.

Thornton Heath in Croydon is still having ongoing violence towards its local shops – police are on the scene and assessing damage. Boris Johnson has been talking to the local community in Clapham along with Theresa May and have been pressing the point that there will be more police tonight.

Recent updates (midday) after the arrival of David Cameron in the UK are that 16,000 police officers will be on the streets of London on Tuesday night.

18:32pm – Scotland Yard have said that 111 officers and five police dogs have been injured – the number of police officers injured is rising – Theresa May yesterday paid tribute to the officers on the riot scenes across England saying “Once again I would like to pay tribute to the brave police officers who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public.”

The London Riots – 8/8/2011

with one comment

Since the shooting of Mark Duggan on Thursday 4th of August, who was involved in a shoot-out with the police and his consequent death by the police, riots have taken place in places all over England.

It is now being questioned whether Mr Duggan was using a gun or not – a gun was however found on the scene.

What started out as peaceful protest, turned into multiple riots, which has seen buses being burnt, police cars engulfed in flames and today saw a red Mazda set ablaze which has seen a video dedicated to it on the Sky News website. Worryingly, Sky have also reported on their website that these riots were organised, a week before, over the internet.

The riots in Hackney began today and riots all across London escalated to similar scenes of what happened in Tottenham on Saturday. The activities taking place all over London are being called copy cat actions, yet are making the news all over the world.

There are many issues surrounding this riot; such as whether the police are handling the situation better than they did in the beginning, when there was a lack of officers; also whether the people looting and causing damage to property and shops are opportunistic or sects from organised groups, or both, either way they are conducting criminal acts. The latter is what the media will be reporting on further. So far the view seems to be that it is a minority of people doing the looting and damage, who are from a minority and that the majority of the community are against these shocking actions.

Since the weekend the riots have moved on from Tottenham to since spread to  Birmingham, Brixton, Chingford, Croydon, Enfield, Ealing, Hackney, Lewisham, Peckham, Walthamstow, Wood Green, Woolwich.

Objects are thrown at police cars in Hackney

The riot police’s plan is said to be protecting the local people and their property, and as for the actions of those damaging property they are continuing to do so. The Police have been receiving flack for not doing enough to protect locals and stopping the looting that has been a familiar scene all over London. There have been a significant amount of arrests about 200 so far and increasing – the media have reported that CCTV footage is to be released by the Metropolitan Police in an attempt to identify criminals who are causing disruption. Acting Chief Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police – Tim Godwin said he has heard many reasons for the London riots, although he points out that it is no excuse for the violence taking place.

There has been much carnage today (Monday), similar to the student protests in London November 2010. Theresa May the Home Secretary flew back from her holiday in Switzerland and Mayor Boris Johnson is due to be back on Tuesday. Theresa May said in a statement to the press “Let me be absolutely clear: Those responsible for this violence and looting will be made to face the consequences of their actions.”

A minority of people are using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the Shadow social network – Blackberry’s messenger to organise these riots; So why shadow? Well the media have been highlighting the recent riots in London as being organised by Twitter and by other social media – they are yet to mention the use of Blackberry which has been banned before in Canada, and the UAE, whereas India considered banning the Blackberry due to the dangers it poses for organised crime. Whether the use of Blackberry will feature in the media is yet to be decided by producers who have been said to be slow on the reporting of this particularity.

Diane Abbot MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington  has been interviewed by CNN and the BBC and has referred to the riots as appalling. Police helicopters are everywhere in London and will be monitoring and helping with police operations from above the air. Nick Clegg was speaking with David Lammy MP for Tottenham where the riots originated from and David Lammy has said that 99% of the community are against these actions of the minority who are causing this devastation.

The Metropolitan police are urging people to clear the streets, and advising parents to contact their children. The IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) is to publish a report tomorrow on the death of Mark Duggan who was aged 29. David Cameron is returning from abroad tonight and will be holding a COBRA (emergency government meeting) meeting about what is being called The London riots.

%d bloggers like this: