London Police Quell Second Night Of Riots
August 8, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
LONDON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — London police quelled a second night of unrest early Monday as 300 youths looted dozens of shops and burned cars in northern London, witnesses said.
The violence in Enfield — the most northerly London borough, 6 miles north of Saturday night’s Tottenham-neighborhood riots that left 26 police officers injured and led to 55 arrests — was one of at least four London neighborhoods targeted Sunday night, police and witnesses said.
Riot police used nightsticks and dogs to disperse the brick-throwing teenagers in Enfield, whose disturbance was smaller than Saturday night’s clashes but looked similar, The Guardian reported.
Just before the violence began, resident Chris January told The Daily Telegraph: “It’s a tinderbox at the moment. There’s 300 youths aged between 12-18 waiting by the [Underground] station masked up. We’re just waiting for it to kick off. There’s riot police everywhere and they’ve closed the station.”
At one point during the melee, a large crowd of youths sprinted to a shopping center and started smashing storefront windows, including those of a closed Tesco Extra hypermarket with workers still inside, witnesses said.
Dozens of youths poured into the store, loaded shopping carts with TVs, alcohol and other merchandise, and then left, a supermarket worker told The Guardian.
None of the workers reported being injured in the rampage.
Resident Mizu Rahman told The Guardian he had seen a message on Facebook that Enfield would be “next on the hit list.”
Conservative Member of Parliament Nick de Bois, whose district includes Enfield, said the disorder was fomented by social-media Web sites.
“There seems to have been a very well-organized campaign over social media to try to engineer trouble here in Enfield. It has almost become a self-fulfilling prophecy,” he told LBC Radio.
Mob violence also flared in south London’s Brixton neighborhood late Sunday night into early Monday morning, as gangs pillaged shops, including branches of Vodafone, Footlocker and the H&M retail-clothing company, police said.
There were also reports of disturbances in east London’s Dalston district in the borough of Hackney and northeast London’s Walthamstow district in the Waltham Forest district.
Saturday night’s Tottenham violence started as a small, peaceful march outside a police station to protest the killing of a local man, Mark Duggan, in a police shooting the week before. Then it got out of hand.
The march turned into a pitched battle between hundreds of officers, some on horses, and equal numbers of rioters, wearing bandannas and armed with makeshift weapons that included table legs.
Looting throughout northern London continued past dawn, leaving streets littered with glass.