Blazes, looting in London riot

2011-08-07 01:42

London - Rioters went on the rampage in north London on Saturday, torching police cars, a bus and a shop amid widespread looting following a protest over the fatal shooting of a man by armed officers.

The patrol cars and the double-decker bus were set ablaze as hundreds ran amok outside the police station on the High Road in Tottenham.

Under a hail of missiles, riot officers and mounted police battled to regain control of the streets as fire crews rushed to tackle the burning building.

Rioters kicked in windows on the High Road as shops were looted, with people seen pushing away shopping trolleys full of stolen goods.

Riot in the suburbs

Central London has seen student and trade union protests turn ugly in recent months but this outbreak of rioting is the worst seen in years in the suburbs.

The unrest followed a march to the police station in Tottenham in protest over the shooting dead of a minicab passenger by police on Thursday in an apparent exchange of gunfire.

The 29-year-old, named locally as Mark Duggan, a father-of-four, died at the scene.

An officer may have had a lucky escape in the incident - a police radio was found to have a bullet lodged in it.

Saturday night's disorder began with the torching of two patrol cars about 200m from the police station while the officers conducted traffic patrols on foot.

"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," said a spokesperson for London's metropolitan police.

A lot of anger in Tottenham tonight

"The officers were not in the vehicles and were unhurt."

Riot squad officers were deployed to the north and south of the police station to disperse the crowd.

Local resident David Akinsanya told BBC television he was feeling "unsafe".

"It's really bad," he said. "It looks like it's going to get very nasty... there seems to be a lot of anger in Tottenham tonight."

Tottenham is an ethnically-diverse urban area best known for its English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur.

Saturday's unrest occurred following a protest march to the police station from Broadwater Farm, a 1960s public housing estate in Tottenham.

Broadwater Farm is widely known in Britain following the 1985 killing of police constable Keith Blakelock, who was hacked to death during a riot there.

Fatal shooting

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which investigates all police shootings - regular British police officers do not carry guns - said that specialist firearms officers stopped a minicab on Thursday to carry out a pre-planned arrest.

They were accompanied by officers from Trident, the unit which deals specifically with gun crime in the black community.

"Shots were fired and a 29-year-old man, who was a passenger in the cab, died at the scene," the IPCC said.

"It is believed that two shots were fired by a firearms officer. A non-police issue handgun was recovered at the scene.

"An officer's radio which appears to have a bullet lodged in it has also been recovered. Both the radio and the handgun are being sent for expedited forensic tests.

"A post mortem is due to be carried out as soon as possible."

IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne appealed for witnesses.

"Fatal shootings by the police are extremely rare and understandably raise significant community concerns," she said.

"I fully recognise how distressing and disturbing this must be for the family and the local community."

David Lammy, the member of parliament for Tottenham, had said on Friday: "There is now a mood of anxiety in the local community but everyone must remain calm."

  • veld66 - 2011-08-07 02:10

    Who is surprised??? If u hve been to the English cities mainly London , Liverpool, Manchester & Birmingham these kind of riots are nothing new. West hero worshiping South Africans must draw a lesson from this...I live an Hour away from UK & I am well placed to even say South Africans who complain about their own situation thinking its better this side of the West ar fooling themselves!!!!! There is rising crime in Europe since the start of the Recession and it will get worse...

      Met - 2011-08-07 06:19

      Get worse yes, but from a low base. In SA it will also get worse BUT from an already high base. That is the difference between first and third world

      JCTF - 2011-08-07 09:05

      veld, that's rubbish. When last did something like this happen on this scale? I'm thinking 1986. That's 25 years ago. Common my ass.

      knalpot - 2011-08-07 09:33


      JohannV - 2011-08-07 10:06

      "ethnically diverse" = Londonistan. They opened the immigration can of worms, so let them suffer.

      ray - 2011-08-07 10:54

      If you get RIOT + LOOTING,you know who it is immediately.

      motsokwane - 2011-08-07 11:25

      You lot don't know what you farting about,race issue is only in your stupid heads and only applicable in your oranje se kak.The riots started after the police shot and killed a local guy,it has nothing to do with race.

      lakhan7 - 2011-08-07 11:36

      what you expect..... Dewani is from there! "these people" , "These people" are all the same. ( SA should offer asylum to the Queen, MI-5 and all these unstable countries )

      veld66 - 2011-08-07 12:12

      U brought RACE into it fools typical scambags,, shame on you, cme to Europe and see it for yrselves this kind of thing has no race tag. Only South African fools like u who always exploit race in human misdeeds think so, shame on you all as...h...les. Go to the estates of Toxteth in Liverpool see what race lives there or Moyross in milky white Ireland and u will understand humanity much better than yr supremacy thing!!!!!

      JCTF - 2011-08-07 12:32

      veld66... You do realise that nobody cares what your opinion is when you use language and manners as poor as yours. Not even people who agree with you will join you. Just like I throw out job applications with spelling mistakes, your opinion will fall on deaf ears.

      Barr. Fazal KUILA - 2011-08-07 23:50

      How I wish the whole country (UK) destroy by fire then they'll leave Libya alone... The next is useless Elizabeth and Cameron house

  • ian - 2011-08-07 02:30

    drunken pom soccer hooligans no doubt, savages

      wysjounommer - 2011-08-07 05:47

      No, the black community.

      JCTF - 2011-08-07 08:58

      Ian, there is nothing that irritates me more than people making sweeping statements based on their own obvious total lack of knowledge on a subject. Seriously dude, you have no clue what you're talking about. I have no affiliation to them but you need to get off your English Hooligan horse and join the 21st Century. South Africans seem to love putting things in boxes based on stuff that happened decades ago. Open your eyes, have a look at Italy and Turkey. Then go and find me these "soccer hooligans" you speak of in England. The English game now is a completely different animal to the one from the 80s, the one you clearly still draw your own conclusion from. There is a major football club right on High Road where these riots are taking place, and it even hosted a friendly match yesterday between Tottenham and Bilbao. They all went home after the game. They are not involved in this at all. Aren't you clever.

      VargVikernes - 2011-08-07 09:35

      I'd like Ian to meet the Chelsea Head Hunters or the Inner City Firm one day.

      tryanything - 2011-08-07 10:02

      Australia is going the same way......Poor little opressed refugees....Dont see Saudi Arabia taking any????

      TheHuntcback - 2011-08-07 13:24

      tryanything, what does Saudi Arabia have to do with a black mob going on riots in London? You are one brainwashed individual

  • Real Deal - 2011-08-07 02:39

    Typical english. Always going off the wall

  • Sven - 2011-08-07 02:45

    The clue is in the fact that it is an ethnically-diverse suburb. Want a guess which ethnic group is involved? I live in London and the crime here is mostly petty, house break-ins when you are not home and stolen bicycles committed by the British ethnic majority. 80% of knife crime on the streets is committed by 2% of the population, arriving from Africa, claiming refugee status. I joke you not.

      Sven - 2011-08-07 03:25

      I have just watched the news and I am correct, definitely started and fuelled by the African contingent, especially the looting of shops and even taking over a McDonald's where were frying their own burgers and chips. The reason, a person shooting at police last week was shot dead. The community insist that he had dropped his weapon before he was shot. Even though nobody but the police were there.

      Worker - 2011-08-07 06:15

      On the button Sven. Europe is paying a heavy price for being so liberal and inviting or allowing all these other communities to live by laws other than the law of the land. There are areas where these communities instill their own languages, educations and laws. THIS IS WRONG. Imagine if someone tried to do that in their countries of origin.

      Creeky - 2011-08-07 07:43

      So true @ Sven.... Want to buy a "CHEAP" Bicycle in London? Go to BETHNAL GREEN COMMUNITY HALL's Sunday market.. 40quid.... take a can of Spray Paint with... and spray it PRIOR to leaving... ROFLMAO!!! Petty Crime... HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      flummoxed - 2011-08-07 08:04

      You got that right.. proof that they're the same the world over.

      Loodpil - 2011-08-07 10:44

      Yep, like a friend of mine always says: Africa for the Africans, Asia for the Asians, and Europe for everybody.

      veld66 - 2011-08-07 12:15

      U hve a thing against Africans

  • verstom - 2011-08-07 03:02

    yep i am sure these rioters are related to dark corrupt africa

  • Ian - 2011-08-07 04:27

    They are all ex Municipal workers from South Africa! That's where they got their training in vandalism.

      Sugar11 - 2011-08-07 22:09

      How can that be when there are hardly no black south africans in the UK. 99.9% of south africans in the UK are white south africans, if there are blacks they usually higly skilled migrants on work secondments. Have never met a black south african in the UK except for a work secondee.

  • Hugh - 2011-08-07 04:35

    The rioters were mainly black but the guy that was shot was white criminal kingpin.

      FastJan - 2011-08-07 07:37

      Go look at his picture in The Sun. He is NOT white.

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-07 12:25

      Sorry for you but he wasn't white, but black.

  • Dave50 - 2011-08-07 05:42

    Exported, Africas best to aid the UK struggle for freedom yeah yeah viva anc and anvyl is this what they want for Botswana as well ?

  • knalpot - 2011-08-07 06:01

    UK allowed the scum in now deal with it

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-07 06:59


      Creeky - 2011-08-07 07:44


  • Mart - 2011-08-07 07:07

    Reminder for British Riot Police - identify and 'take out' those leading and inciting the riots. No riot. You still make pretty good sniper rifles don't you?. The race of the perpetrators are of no consequence, but the lives and property of the British people and the rule of law are !

      Dmitri - 2011-08-07 07:13

      Strange how when a white is the guilty party, all the papers have it as a headline. When blacks/muslims are, it is something totally different (if it makes the news at all)

      FastJan - 2011-08-07 07:38

      Yeah Dimitri. The guy is as caucasian as Zuma!

  • duncan - 2011-08-07 07:16

    Come back Enoch Powel, all is forgiven. Read to us your "Rivers of Blood" speech again.

  • vegetarian - 2011-08-07 07:29

    The English are fond of rampaging. Remember the English journalist Gontloton who advocated the burning of the Eastern Cape grasslands. Hooliganism seem to be in the genes.

      JCTF - 2011-08-07 12:33


  • vegetarian - 2011-08-07 07:40

    It is rubbish that it is the black people who are leading the riots. For instance the person who is torching the car is a white lady with blond hair. Please don't insult the amiable and law abiding black immigrants.

      sipholess - 2011-08-07 09:34

      You'r not getting enough protein in your diet Vegetarian, Sky news, it's there for the world to view...... all black.

  • flummoxed - 2011-08-07 07:43

    "Ethnically diverse" my behind.. They're a bunch of low-life coke head soccer hooligans who live off Social grants, steal from their grandmothers and denegrate the England of old.

  • Sambok - 2011-08-07 07:54

    This is because the UK allowed all the 3rd World rif raff into its borders. France had the same last year. Start deporting them and your situation would improve.

  • flummoxed - 2011-08-07 07:59

    The worst thing that Britain could ever have done, was to have 'an open door policy' because now there is no stopping the tide of asylum seekers who are impossible to monitor - activities etc. Result - burgeoning unemployment of legal citizens, cuts in NHS funding Social grants simply because the Gov has to take care of all the refugees who want to have a share. Alas the UK has brought everything that is happening on themselves.

  • vegetarian - 2011-08-07 08:19

    The English are found in every country of the world, so they cannot close their doors to anyone. Black immigrants flock to the British Isles because the British flocked into the black people's lands first. Regarding hooliganism I have never heard of an African Hooligan. This is an English and German phenomenon. Africans are general amiable and law abiding, except those tainted by barbarism from foreign lands.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-07 08:33

      Amiable & law abiding ???? LOL ! Yes & filled with the spirit of Ubuntu too. Real solid law abiding folk. Just ask their thousands of Innocent victims here in SA.

      shortfinal - 2011-08-07 09:00

      You have a point! Riots like these are not unique to Africans. Go look at history, see what the so called civilzed nation have had to deal with when the pale faces get pissed off. Look what the "civilized english" did to Afrikaans woman and children in this country. The one brakes windows and loot whilst the other sit very civilized in parlament making laws that murder woman and children. The savage will kill you for R10 you borrowed from him and the other will kill you for all the gold and diamonds he wants to lay his hands on! No??

      JCTF - 2011-08-07 09:28

      vegetarian, it's time you too joined the 21st century. Hooliganism an English and German phenomenon? As a student and historian of the game, all I see is absolute proof that you don't know what you're talking about. What a preposterous and poorly-researched statement. Yes of course there have been problems, particularly in the 70s and 80s, but the transformation of the game between then and now is the true phenomenon. You want hooligans? Go to Italy or Turkey. Throughout the history of the game, the "English disease" that lasted less than two decades hardly features. How about South America, El Salvador, Honduras, the Argentinians who went to Italy, executions and torture. The history of football is the history of the world. It is by far the most common pastime on the planet. Throughout this history, football has merely reflected the history around it. In the 70s and 80s, England was full of "hooligans" but don't blame football. There was a cultural problem, like every country in the world has cultural problems. These problems still persist in England, but they have been largely separated from football and that deserved applause, not ignorant comments by people on the other side of the world who have never bothered to learn anything on the subject. You are right about Africans generally being peaceful people. Your hooligan comment is rubbish though. It happens everywhere, but England today is a model for handling it, not something to mock with cheap, ignorant comments.

      sipholess - 2011-08-07 09:42

      @vegetarian You also need to visit planet earth again, you've been away for a while . Arswipe.

  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-07 08:28

    Oh dear ! Blacks behaving badly in England ?

      vegetarian - 2011-08-07 08:46

      No, it is English Hooligans.

  • Smk - 2011-08-07 08:55

    This is what we should have done when they Murdered! Andries Tatane, but no we sit complaicent and let our Goverment commit murder in front of us. Wake up South Africa, don't be complaicent. Do not accept police brutality.

  • JCTF - 2011-08-07 09:04

    I'm no racist and I certainly don't ever want to be one. However, few can argue that there are not many cultures who set fire to anything they don't like. It's always the same culture. It happens here when a train is late. How does setting fire to the train improve the situation? How does looting shops and setting fire to buses help? The rest of the world has moved on from this barbaric, destructive behaviour because the rest of the world realises it only takes you backwards. And which continent is very obviously the world's most backward? Now I'm not keen on a whole racism debate, I only wonder why this happens. Why do these people keep doing it? Why are there so many of them who don't seem to be able to grasp the concept of working together towards a logical solution? You build something, then you destroy two. And you end up with Africa.

      vegetarian - 2011-08-07 09:18

      After reading your comment, only one word came to mind: pathetic. Your comment is pathetic because the entire world knows who is the enemy of peace. Wherever there is violence an English word is uttered. If no English soul is involved then English intrigue is to blame for the violence. Regarding the burning, you should ask the descendants of the English whose ancestors were roasted alive at the stake on flimsy allegations of witchcraft. You should also ask the descendants of victims of French, Spanish and English religious hooliganism who were roasted alive at the stake as supposed heretics. You should think thoroughly before you talk crap.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-07 09:19

      JCTF....No need to apologise, facts are facts. Criticism is good. Blacks hardly ever criticise their own, yet we Whites do it all the time, ( criticise our own ) it's called accountability !

      JCTF - 2011-08-07 09:32

      Um... I have no idea what you're talking about! I read my post again, then I read yours, and I can't find the connection. Are you replying to the right comment?

      JCTF - 2011-08-07 09:34

      vegetarian, I'm all ears though, please try to make sense though. Which part of my post is not true?

      vegetarian - 2011-08-07 09:47

      @JCTF You say Africans burn things they don't like e.g. burning trains here in South Africa. Now I point out that you are talking nonsense because the English even burn people they don't like. There are historical records to that effect.

      JCTF - 2011-08-07 09:54

      Oh for goodness sake vegatarian. You've just done exactly the same thing again. If you're the kind of person who judges everything based on what happened ages ago you're going to have an impossible life and you won't be helping anyone either. This is precisely my point. All your comments on this page are based on stuff that happened long ago, and then stopped happening. Yet you defend the one culture that has not grown up with the rest of the world. It is not the year 1300, or 45BC, it's 2011. In 2011, people do not set fire to things that irritate them. It's called improvement, moving forward, evolution, whatever you want to call it. You should try it out.

      JCTF - 2011-08-07 09:56

      so vegetarian, according to you, if I tie someone I don't like to a tree and burn them to death, that's fine because civilized society did it a thousand years ago.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-07 10:10

      Veggie....Ah, that was like hundreds of years ago, the heretic roasting part, etc. You guys are still doing that type of thing TODAY ! I guess some cultures just moved on & some clearly did not. Gotta run, my neigbour, Talane is just about to slaughter a cow in his back yard for the Sunday Braai.....Dont want to miss out on all the fun.

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-07 12:13

      @Veggie the black supremacist VrotCabbage, give it up because you're wasting your time trying to defend your black looting bruddahs. We all know about you and your ilk and you can stand on your head, but nobody is going to believe the crap you spew. We've seen how you lot behave and loot and burn and carry on and accept it because you have no class and don't know any better. The bunny hugger west that welcomes you with open arms is only starting to find out now.

      vis vang - 2011-08-07 15:23

      So how do you explain Football hooliganism in England or the recent Stanley Cup riots in Canada? Were black the main perpetrators?

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  • Bill - 2011-08-07 10:54

    You can take then out of the bush...But.........

  • daBeast - 2011-08-07 11:19

    Now now children. Get to your rooms and be quiet!!! I shoot into Mommy often and damn she never dies but screams for more and throws her toys out the cot!!! Now whose the Hooligan huh!!!! Damn people . SHIT!! happens deal with it FFS.....

  • SimonB - 2011-08-07 12:04

    I love it when 'multiculturalism' and 'diversity' works so well... Certainly the BNP will gain strength from Sipho's genetic commitment to rioting, looting and crime.

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-07 12:11

      Me too. But then they still worship Mandela and can't understand why SA had apartheid.

  • MnrFotograaf - 2011-08-07 13:44

    Ethicnally diverse, thus devided and in a very unnatural situation. Even the smallest spark causes fires then.

  • vis vang - 2011-08-07 15:19

    I'm sure the peanut gallery will blame the Lansdowne Roads riots in Dublin, The Dublin riots of 2006 or the 12th July 2010 in Ireland where over 55 police officers were injured on blacks too. How many black faces do you see?. The point I'm trying to make, which escapes most of the haters posting here today, is that no race has a monopoly on savagery.

  • bonmot - 2011-08-07 17:34

    American sources confirmed that the "young father" who was killed by police fire, was a black man(though with an English name) who pulled a gun on the police officers. Unpalatable if true, but boosts the view that the massive body of ethnic immigrants creates profound social problems. No, this is not ethnic profiling, just another version of the West Indian problem in the seventies in Notting Hill. No country can afford to support unlimited, or worse, illegal immigration. It is sad that Enoch Powell, willified by the liberal front for his stance about immigration control at the time, should turn out to have been right all along. The appalling filthy language and uneducated ignorant style of some of the comments suggest that it is hooligans who write in to denounce hooliganism. However News24 cannot be faulted for allowing free speech in these columns anymore than our police can for allowing vagrants to defecate in public thoroughfares.

  • Muffyforu - 2011-08-07 20:51

    JCTF, Creeky, Ian etc you really are a bunch of ignorant arrrogant, racists c*nts. You are the typoe of people who dance to "IMPI" after a few to many John Deere's or Brannas proclaime to love living in africa but it'sustba pityn aboutn the blacks!! England and any other country who colonialised deserve all the immegration and mustb deal with it. It was all good and well for them to invade other countries and forse their culture on the locals but now the reverse happens and suddenly its travesty. I hope both countries burn!! If any of you c*nts still call your selves South African , stop you don't deserve it

  • bonmot - 2011-08-07 23:12

    How,how,how, if you will not let me???????????????????????!!!!!!!!

  • John - 2011-08-09 05:12

    The UK should close their borders to immigration as well as we should in the US. Immigrants always want to leave their horrible countries and turn the places they move to into where they left. I am sure the overwhelming majority of these rioters aren't white British kids. I am not a racist, just a realist. My family moved from Somersetshire to Philadelphia in 1719 and worked hard, continued their clothier work and became farmers. We prospered and still have relations with our UK family from way back then. Adopting those who nobody wants only slowly destroys your own country

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