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The family of Mark Duggan has condemned the riot that broke out in Tottenham last night as eyewitness reports emerge that trouble erupted after a 16-year-old girl threw a rock at police.
Mr Duggan was shot dead by marksmen on Thursday and his fiancee, Semone Wilson, has said that she wanted answers, not trouble, while his brother, Shaun Hall, called for the community to remain calm.
his calls for the community to remain calm, violence broke out in
Enfield this evening with a group of around 200 youths smashing windows
iand attacking vehicles in the town centre.
The Metropolitan Police meanwhile, has described Mr Duggan's death as 'regrettable' and blamed the violent anarchy that flared on a 'criminal minority'.
Aftermath: A building that was set ablaze in Tottenham is just an empty shell this morning
Shocking: This morning the mangled burnt out shell of a double-decker bus that was set on fire sits in Tottenham's High Road, left, while on the right is a travel agent shop that was one of the many businesses attacked during a night of anarchy
The morning after: Bricks and debris from the previous night's riots litter High Road
Clear-up: A fireman watches as a building
that was set ablaze is dowsed with water, left, while the picture on
the right shows the extent of the looting that took place with this
shop stripped bare of TVs
Speaking to Sky News, Mr Hall repeated the family's call for answers about how his brother was killed.
He said: 'There should be someone here putting our minds at rest about what happened. He's not some type of gangster. He's a family man.'
Asked about his thoughts on the violence that flared up, which saw police and members of the public injured, he said: 'We're not condoning any kind of actions like that. There was a domino effect that we don't condone at all. I know people are frustrated and angry, but we ask them to please hold it down.'
an interview with the Guardian, Ms Wilson also made a plea for an
explanation from authorities.
She said: 'When we were outside the police station last night we wanted someone to come out. We want some answers. I have not even told my children that he is dead because we cannot give them any answers.'
Cleaning up: The landlord of The Two Brewers sweeps broken glass and rocks from the pavement outside his pub on the Tottenham High Road
What happened here? A young boy seems lost in thought as he reacts to the burnt out metal of a car
Surveying the scene: A group of children watch as firefighters continued to hose down one building earlier today, while other residents took to the streets to access the damage, with some taking photos to document what happened
police officers were injured in riots that broke out.
Scotland Yard said at least one of the officers had suffered head injuries after protesters clashed with police in Tottenham, north London.
Tonight's violence in Enfield appears to be a copycat of last night's riots.
It is understood that they attacked the HMV store on the High Street, while also smashing windows on other shops and raiding a local chemist.
There were also reports that a car and a van had been set on fire in the town.
A police car was also attacked with rocks, with reinforcements, including riot vans, deployed to the area to deal with the youngsters.
their arrival at least one van was attacked outside Enfield Town
station as a stand-off developed.
did launch baton charges at the group, with dogs also being used to
disperse the group, who fled back into the town centre.
Yard confirmed that they had made arrests, while helicopters were
hovering over the area.
added that the youths, many of whom were wearing hooded tops, arrived
by bus and train and congregated at the town's railway station.
It is believed the violence may have been organised via social networking sites, with police warning local businesses to close from 3pm.
New outbreak: A group of youths
congregated on Enfield High Street this afternoon, attacking the HMV
store, while also using concrete blocks to damage this police car
Waiting game: A team of riot officers were engaged in a stand-off with the youths on a street in Enfield town centre
the Independent Police Complaints Commission said that a non-police
firearm was found at the scene of Duggan's death.
And commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said that the investigation into the death remain her 'top priority'.
She said: 'Mark Duggan's family and the community in Tottenham need answers about what happened to him - and we will investigate independently, thoroughly and robustly so that we can give them answers.'
Ms Cerfontyne said: "As an IPCC Commissioner I cannot ever have worked for the police and am entirely independent of them. My role is to oversee the investigation - which must also support the family, and address the concerns expressed by the community. To help me I have established a community reference group to ensure I am sensitive and responsive to those concerns.'
also moved to clarify a number of points that had arisen since
continued: 'Speculation that Mark Duggan was 'assassinated' in an
execution style involving a number of shots to the head are
categorically untrue. Following the formal identification of the body
Mr Duggan's family know that this is not the case and I would ask
anyone reporting this to be aware of its inaccuracy and its
She went on: 'The distress that Mr Duggan's family are in the midst of is understandable but the violence and disorder we have witnessed over the last 24 hours can never be acceptable.'
Her statement echoed that of Scotland Yard, with Commander Adrian Hanstock saying: 'Last night's disorder and violence in Tottenham is completely unacceptable. The behaviour by a criminal minority put police officers, fire brigade personnel and the public at significant risk
'The death of Mr. Duggan is extremely regrettable and will be the subject of an independent investigation by the IPCC. It is absolutely tragic that someone has died, but that does not give a criminal minority the right to destroy businesses and people's livelihoods and steal from their local community.
was no indication that the protest would deteriorate into the levels of
criminal and violent disorder that we saw. We believe that certain
elements, who were not involved with the vigil, took the opportunity to
commit disorder and physically attack police officers, verbally abuse
fire brigade personnel and destroy vehicles and buildings.
'We do not believe that this is something that the vast majority of law abiding citizens in Tottenham would condone or would want.'
Smouldering: This aerial shot shows the extent of the damage caused by rioters in Tottenham. Commander Adrian Hanstock described the trouble as 'absolutely unacceptable'
Devastation: The peaceful vigil over the death of Mark Duggan quickly escalated into a full-scale riot in which huge amounts of damage was caused. Fire crews spent hours bring the flames under control
Burnt to a shell: This building was completely gutted by fire and this morning was still smouldering. Fire crews reported suffering verbal abuse from rioters
Wrecked: Two police cars used as a road block were set alight during the troubles
This evening police said that the number of arrests had risen to 55, with 51 last night and four today. The majority were for burglary, and other offences included violent disorder, robbery, theft and handling stolen goods.
trouble flared after members of the community took to the streets last
night to demand 'justice', after Mr Duggan's death.
Patrol cars, a shop and a double-decker bus were set ablaze and there were reports of looting amid scenes reminiscent of the violent unrest in the same area 26 years ago when PC Keith Blakelock was hacked to death.
than 100 officers and specialist riot police faced crowds of more than
500 people protesting about the death of Mr Duggan, who lived on the
estate and was described last week by police sources as a ‘gangster’.
Senior political figures were united in their condemnation of last night's unrest.
Home Secretary Theresa May said: 'I condemn utterly the violence in Tottenham last night. Such disregard for public safety and property will not be tolerated, and the Metropolitan Police have my full support in restoring order.
'I want to pay tribute to the officers who put themselves in harm's way.'
Burnt out: Two people look at the shells of a car and a van destroyed by fire during the riots
Damping down: Firemen continued to douse the buildings set alight during riots throughout the day
Clean up: Members of staff at one of the
retail park's electrical shops remove some of the damage goods from the
store while an employee at another shop accesses the damage inside
David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham, was at the scene this morning. He said: ‘What happened here on Thursday night raised huge questions and we need answers.
response to that is not to loot and rob. There are homeless people
standing back there. We have officers in hospital, some of whom are
seriously injured. It's a disgrace. This must stop.’
of London Boris Johnson said: 'I'm appalled at the scenes of violence
and destruction in Tottenham. The Acting Commissioner has assured me
that the police are doing everything they can to resolve this
situation. The events leading to these disturbances are rightly being
investigated by the IPCC. Harming people and property will do nothing
to facilitate the investigation, it will only make the situation worse.'
There was concern that the disturbances were fanned by Twitter, with some of those taking part posting inflammatory comments from the scene and calling for reinforcements.
One picture of a police car on fire in the area was re-tweeted more than 100 times on the social networking site within an hour.
Mr Duggan was shot by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s CO19 unit on Thursday evening after the minicab he was travelling in was stopped. There was an apparent ‘exchange’ of fire and a bullet was found lodged in a police radio.
Mr Duggan died at the scene and an officer was injured, but left hospital after treatment.
The violence last night started soon after a crowd of about 120 had begun to gather at the High Road, near Tottenham Hotspur’s football ground, from about 5.30pm.
resident, Laurence Bailey, told the Guardian that the violence started
after a 16-year-old girl 'threw something, maybe a stone, at the
original riot police line'.
He added that this was met with a furious response, with around 15 riot officers pounding her with shields.
description of events was corroborated by another local who spoke to
BBC News. He said that the girl was 'set upon' by police and that the
crowd surged forward in anger.
Out of control: Scores of police tackle rioters in Tottenham last night
Fire fighters attempt to put out one of the many blazes that were started last night in a night of anarchy
Inferno: Flames rages through a building in Tottenham, with fire crews prevented from tackling it in case they were attacked by rioters
Twitter riot: A red London double decker bus burns as riot police try and bring rioting under control in Tottenham late last night
The rioters' target was the police station which was being guarded late last night by lines of officers and police vans. As the disorder spread, and the numbers of demonstrators swelled, two police cars being used to block the road were set ablaze by masked youths.
began to billow from a shop and then a double-decker bus was engulfed
in flames and quickly reduced to a twisted shell. Witnesses also
reported seeing a jewellery shop and a bookmakers being looted.
Teenagers and younger children were seen carrying valuables through the shattered glass front of an electrical shop.
witness described the looters helping themselves to a trolley loads of
luxury goods including plamsa TVs and stereo systems - 'as if had been
Windows were smashed at a Barclays Bank and pictures on Twitter appeared t.o show the building being looted. There were also reports that youths had stormed McDonald’s and had started frying their own burgers and chips.
Battle: The riots saw violent clashes between police and youths with rocks and fireworks being hurled at officers
Stand-off: Rioters wearing bandanas confront police officers. The trouble saw 26 policeman injured and eight taken to hospital
Footage was posted on YouTube of local solicitor’s office Attridge on fire.
Resident David Akinsanya, 46, who was on the scene, said: ‘It’s really bad. There are two police cars on fire. I’m feeling unsafe. It looks like it’s going to get very tasty. I saw a guy getting attacked.’
A local woman, who declined to give her name, said: ‘There’s a theory going on that the man who was shot had dropped his gun, but they still shot him. I’m hearing that most of the shops in the High Road are being burgled and robbed.’
Several fire crews could only stand ready nearby as they were barred from the High Road where buildings and the bus were ablaze.
One fireman complained to The Mail on Sunday that earlier, three engines had been dispatched to the scene without being warned they were entering a riot zone. He said: ‘We were sent to a road accident but it was the police cars on fire.
‘We were then ordered to leave them burning and to drive off, probably for our own safety.
Violent clashes: Riot police treat a man for his injuries before arresting him in Tottenham
Brutal: An injured policeman is tended to by his colleagues and a paramedic in a night that saw 26 officers and three members of the public hurt
cannot believe what we have just driven through. As we pulled out of
the station, there was a car on fire on the High Road and there were
people in the middle of the road – it was very scary. We didn’t give
them a chance to try to stop us. I am still shaking.’
two Mail on Sunday photographers were viciously beaten and robbed by
masked youths armed with crowbars and other makeshift weapons and
reporters on the scene were threatened by looters in balaclavas.
The photographers said there was ‘total lawlessness’ in the area with the contents of shops strewn across the streets and the police unable to gain access.
Victim: Mark Duggan, shot by police in Ferry Lane, Tottenham
said: ‘It is utter carnage out there. We have been beaten up quite
badly and had about £8,000 of equipment stolen. We were quite
discreet but as soon as we got a camera out we were set on by youths
with masks who were armed with crowbars.’
In a separate incident, a Mail on Sunday reporter was chased down a side street and struck on the back of the head with a rock.
In a parallel with the 1985 riot, residents claimed the roots of last night’s violence lay in allegations of police harassment.
John Blake, who grew up with Mr Duggan on the Broadwater estate, claimed the dead man had been victimised by police in recent weeks.
said: ‘I know the police were harassing him. The police were following
him. If you’re from Broadwater Farm, police are on you every day,
you’re not allowed to come off the estate. If you come off the estate
they follow you.’
A family friend of Mr Duggan, who gave her name only as Nikki, 53, said the man’s friends and relatives had organised the protest because ‘something has to be done’ and the marchers wanted ‘justice for the family’.
of those involved lay in the road to make their point, she said.
making their presence known because people are not happy,’ she added.
‘This guy was not violent. Yes, he was involved in things but he was
not an aggressive person. He had never hurt anyone.’
As the rioting escalated, trouble-makers on Twitter seemed keen to orchestrate the violence, bringing scores more people into the area. One user calling himself ‘English Frank’ urged attacks on the police, saying: ‘Everyone up and roll to Tottenham f*** the 50 [police]. I hope 1 dead tonight.’
And in a clear incitement to looting, ‘Sonny Twag’ tweeted: ‘Want to roll Tottenham to loot. I do want a free TV. Who wudn’t.’
‘Mrs Lulu’ tweeted: ‘Brehs [men] asking who’s down to roll [go] Tottenham right now, to get justice. – RIP Mark x.’
A tweet apparently passed on by chart-topping rapper Chipmunk, who comes from Tottenham, paid tribute to the dead man: ‘R.I.P Mark Duggan a real straight up and down respected man. LOVE!!!!!!!!’
Joining in the Twitter frenzy, ‘Ashley AR’ tweeted: ‘I hear Tottenham’s going coco-bananas right now. Watch me roll.’
from Trident, the police unit that deals with gun crime in the black
community, had been attempting to arrest Mr Duggan when Thursday’s
shooting took place.
‘Shots were fired and a 29-year-old man, who was a passenger in the cab, died at the scene,’ said a spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is investigating. It is believed that two shots were fired by a firearms officer, equipped with a Heckler & Koch MP5 carbine.
Local MP David Lammy called for calm last night. On his website, he said: ‘We already have one grieving family in our community and further violence will not heal that pain.’
Last night, a Scotland Yard spokesman explained how the riot began.
‘Two police cars had parked up at Forster Road/High Road while their officers conducted traffic patrols on foot. At approximately 2020 hours a number of bottles were thrown at these two cars – one was set alight and the second was pushed into the middle of the High Road. It was subsequently set alight.’
This morning, a section of the High Road, where the trouble started at about 8.30pm yesterday, was cordoned off and a line of police officers stood facing the crowd of locals that had gathered.
One police officer, asked by an elderly resident why more had not been done to stop the rioters, replied: 'The way we look at it, we're damned if we do, we're damned if don't.'
Police vans were parked in the middle of the road and the blue lights of two stationary fire engines continued to flash in the bright morning sunshine.
Rubbish swirled around the empty street, which had last night witnessed dramatic battle scenes.
Local residents wandered through the wrecked retail park in disbelief, some taking photos of the devastation. The front window of Currys electrical store was smashed and smithereens of glass covered the ground outside.
Next door, Argos's door had been smashed in and broken glass covered the floor inside and out after looters apparently raided the stock room.
A futile alarm rang out but was all but drowned out by the whirring of helicopters circling overhead. Rubbish bins had been tipped over and their contents strewn across the car park.
Discarded flat screen television boxes and other unwanted packaging covered paved areas outside the electronic goods stores.
The looters had evidently removed the products from their boxes to create more space in their shopping trolleys and cars, which were said to number up to 100.
Fragments of glass from the smashed in door of PC World littered the ground.
The scene outside Comet was similar and outside B&Q - one of the few stores that did not appear to have been looted - staff stood uncertainly, waiting to hear from head office whether they would be working today. With police tape cordoning off most of the neighbouring shops, the prospect seemed unlikely.
A member of staff at The Carphone Warehouse next door said every phone in the shop had been stolen.
The contents of the stock room were spilled across the pavement outside from the smashed in door. Inside, it had been pulled apart. A solitary mobile phone rang out from beneath a pane of glass on the ground.
Outside JD sport shop, broken mannequins lay on the ground, plastic legs and torsos scattered here and there. Plastic coat hangers and discarded packaging also lay among the debris.
The sense of anger at what the looters had done was clear. Nadine Knight, 24, who works in administration at a planning and architecture firm said: ‘I'm completely and utterly disgusted by what the community has managed to do here.
‘They need to come together a bit more and help the community, not damage it. I'm so upset, I can't believe it.’
Another resident, Norman McKenzie, 37, who works as a security guard at the Next clothes store in the retail park, was also appalled.
He said: ‘I can understand they're angry and above all that there's unemployment and cutting benefits so everything comes together and the cup is full.’
He had been told by his employer not to go to work today ‘because of the riot’.
Christian Macani, 22, who works in environmental sciences, asked a question that was on the lips of many in his neighbourhood this morning.‘What does this achieve?’ he said. ‘They can't get away with this, can they?
‘People really don't think. It's stupid, this. They've achieved absolutely nothing. It's a joke.’
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