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Latest: Looting and violence continues in Manchester and Birmingham

There are teams of riot police on the streets in London but the capital is a scene of relative calm. There have been outbreaks of violence in Manchester, Salford, Birmingham, Woverhampton and West Bromwich.

A Miss Selfridge shop on fire in Market Street in Manchester city centre this evening
A Miss Selfridge shop on fire in Market Street in Manchester city centre this evening
Image: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Updated 22.10

LOOTING AND VIOLENCE is continuing in parts of the UK this evening.

BBC reports that a shopping centre in Birmingham has been smashed. Its manager has said that the police are “chasing shadows” because of the speed at which the gangs are moving around the city.

In Manchester a stand-off with police has been continuing in Salford, according to The Guardian.  A Miss Selfridge store in Manchester was set alight earlier.

West Midlands Police has been tweeting updates throughout the evening. The force said that disorder is continuing in Birmingham city centre, in Wolverhampton city centre and in West Bromwich town centre.

Police say the disorder in Birmingham is not as bad as that seen last night. Some cars have been set alight and police say they are tackling two groups tonight in the city.

Earlier it was reported that a gang in Salford had set fire to a Lidl store:



It’s reported that there is relative calm on the streets of London this evening. There are 16,000 police on the beat, and teams of riot police are travelling through the various boroughs.

The clean up which took place in London this morning, organised via Twitter, is already being urged for Birmingham tomorrow:

Earlier this evening:

There are reports of riot police attempting to control unrest in Manchester city centre, while there have also been disturbances in Salford, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich and Birmingham.

A Miss Selfridge store in Manchester has been set alight, while police have pushed gangs of youths back from the centre of the city. Mark Tattersall tweeted this image and message:

BBC has broadcast eye witness reports of a Lidl store in Salford, in the greater Manchester area, being torched. It’s also reported that there is a lot of looting going on in the area while a witness has said that

West Midland’s Police have been tweeting about events in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich. At 7.45 the force confirmed that there was a large group of people attacking shops and setting cars alight in Birmingham City Centre. There have been three arrests there this evening.

In West Bromwich there were reports of large groups in the town centre with some cars set alight. Police say that this group has now dispersed. There have also been reports of attacks on shops in Wolverhampton.

There have also been reports of some smaller incidents in London. The Guardian reports that there have been some flashpoints with a minor skirmish in Enfield and some arrests in the Canning Road area.

Earlier still:

Sky News is reporting that a crowd of youths have attempted to break into shops and buildings in Manchester, and that a fire in a community centre in Salford has been extinguished by emergency services.

BBC reports that there have been skirmishes in Salford, in the greater Manchester area, over the past few hours.

Greater Manchester Police have said that a group of 20 or so youths was dispersed by police, and there was one brick thrown. The GMP has tweeted this latest update:

Manchester Evening News reports that windows have been smashed in the city centre, while several stores closed their doors early.

There have also been reports of disorder in West Bromwich. West Midlands Police have said that a group of people have been dispersed from the High Street but that there have been “no major incidents”.

A few cars have been burnt out in West Bromwich and several shops have been raided. There have also been reports of some disturbances in Wolverhampton.

A BBC reporter in Birmingham city centre has said that looters have smashed in the windows of various shops and that there have been standoffs with police at a shopping centre.

COBRA, the government’s emergency committee will meet again tomorrow morning at 9am. Prime Minister David Cameron met with the committee this morning, and confirmed that there would be 16,000 police on the streets of London tonight.

Earlier the UK watchdog said that that there was no evidence that Mark Duggan shot at police in Tottenham last Thursday. Duggan was shot dead by police. A protest at his killing led to the riots on Saturday night which are now continuing for a fourth day.

There are no reports of any violence or disturbances in London this evening. There are teams of riots police patrolling various areas in the city.

Read: UK watchdog says there’s no evidence that Mark Duggan fired at police>

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