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In photos: Fire crews work through the night as rioting spreads from London

Hundreds of people have been arrested as rioting and looting spread to Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol.

The burnt-out remains of the Reeves Furniture story in Croydon this morning.
The burnt-out remains of the Reeves Furniture story in Croydon this morning.
Image: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

BRITISH PRIME Minister David Cameron is holding crisis meetings today over the escalating unrest in London, which spread last night to Bristol, Birmingham and Liverpool.

Buildings and cars were burned by groups of rioters, shop windows were smashed and stores looted.

Police are calling for people to identify anyone involved in the rioting and community groups are organising clean-up operations in a number of areas this morning. While some people woke up to burnt-out buildings this morning, others, like Ben Schofield, watched their cars burn during the disturbances last night:

Yes – Liverpool now burning too. That’s my car on fire.

In photos: Fire crews work through the night as rioting spreads from London
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    A damaged building on London Road in Croydon, Surrey, this morning. (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
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    Fire crews still working on the streets of Croydon this morning. (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
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    Fire crews working in Croydon this morning. (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
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    An internal view of damage to shop on London Road in Croydon, Surrey, today. (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)
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    A car on fire in Hackney, east London, last night. (Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)
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    Police in Hackney last night. (Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)
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    People kicking a jewellery shop window in Birmingham last night. (David Jones/PA Wire)
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    A property on fire near Reeves Corner, Croydon, last night. (Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)
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    People looting a shop in Hackney last night as the riots rolled on. (Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)
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    Police in riot gear outside Debenhams in Clapham Junction, south London, last night. (Neil Lancefield/PA Wire)
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    Police officers face a crowd in Toxteth on Merseyside after disturbances spread to Liverpool from London. (Peter Byrne/PA Wire)
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    A car burns in Toxteth, Liverpool, last night. (Peter Byrne/PA Wire)
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