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August Riots: Birmingham: Police release footage of being fired upon

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Police and a helicopter were fired upon ELEVEN TIMES – below is a Helicopter infrared video still of two men who are wanted by the police.

A group of 40 were involved, several of whom were shooters. The West Midlands police have released CCTV footage to the public in an appeal for any information on this group.

This happened in Birmingham where “Eleven shots were fired at unarmed officers to enable disorder to continue, whilst petrol bombs were also thrown at officers who initially attended the scene,” chief constable Chris Sims said in a statement. “This footage shows seemingly co-ordinated criminal behaviour with no regard for people’s lives, whether it be through the setting of a fire, shooting at unarmed officers or shooting at the police helicopter.

“This investigation is being treated as attempted murder and arson, and I am only thankful that this is not a murder inquiry.”

The officers who were fired upon were unarmed officers and the men shooting were masked and hooded as well as wearing caps. The footage was released on the 20th of August and it is footage dating from the 9th when there was rioting occuring in Birmingham.

The Chief Constable also said that the shootings at the police had been a “concerted and organised attempt” to kill or injure police officers.

They caused much damaged to the Barton Arms pub and other premises in the area by throwing petrol bombs and smashing shop windows with chairs. Officers in patrol cars attempted to stop the looting and rioters, the police cars had petrol bombs thrown at them; at 11.50pm officers attempted to disperse the group, this was when the 11 shots were fired at them and at the West Midlands helicopter.

One of the officers, who cannot be named for operational reasons, said: “It definitely felt like an ambush and as we moved forward it was only seconds before we heard a gunshot. We’d heard that sound before and we know straight away that there was at least one gun in the crowd. Once that sound of gunshot had been heard we stopped and took cover behind our vehicles.” The police officer went on to say of social media sites and the public response – “Only now have we had the chance to see the comments from members of the public on Facebook, Twitter and in the media. It’s made such a difference. The support is brilliant and has really boosted morale.”
Anyone able to assist the police inquiry is urged to contact the Force Criminal Investigation department at West Midlands Police on 0345 113 5000 or speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

England 12/8/2011: Run-down of Riots (List of Places Rioted Included)

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The Government has now put measures into place such as the increased number of police presence on the streets and the potential to use water canons to bring the rioting to an end, if in any circumstances they begin again.

As for Police injuries 300 officers have been injured and a police officer died in the riots in Wembley, after being run-over, three people have been arrested on suspicion of Murder. 60 civilians were injured in the riots.

A rundown of the riots since Saturday 6th August: Riots started in Tottenham, then moved on to Tottenham Hale, and Wood Green.

Sunday 7th saw riots spread to Chingford Mount, Enfield, Islington, Oxford Circus, Ponders End, Walthamstow.

On Monday 8th there were riots in Bethnal Green, Bromley, Camden, Clapham, Croydon, Ealing, East Ham, Hackney Lewisham, Peckham, Stratford, Woolwich.

Tuesday 9th August saw riots in Birmingham,Clapham, Leicester, Manchester, Salford, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton.

The other places riots took place were: Balham, Barking, Battersea, Bexley, Birkenhead,Birmingham, Bristol, Brixton, Bury, Cambridge, Camden/Chalk Farm, Charlton, Chingford, Colliers Wood, Coulsdon, Dalston, Dulwich, Denmark Hill, Eastham, Elephant and Castle, Enfield, Fulham, Hackney, Harlesden, Huddersfield, Islington, Kent, Lavender Hill, Leicester, Lewisham, Leyton, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Merton, Norbury, Nottingham, Notting Hill, Oldham, Peckham, Ponders End,  Purley Way, Rochdale, Sefton, Shephard’s Bush, Salford, Stratford, Streatham, Stoke Newington, Surrey Quays, Sutton, Thornton Heath, Tooting, Waltham Cross, Walthomstow Forest, Wirral,  Wembley, Wolverhampton, Woolwich.

Major fires were started in Barking, Clapham Junction, Croydon, Dagenham, Ealing, Greenwich, and Southwark.

Theresa May has said: “The police will maintain their tough arrest policy, and their presence on the streets.”

The streets of England seem calm for the moment.

The London Riots 9/8/2011

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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.”

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