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Violence and arrests as UK riots continue overnight

A video has emerged of what appears to be a young man setting fire to clothing in a Miss Selfridge store in Manchester.

A rioter walks through a burning barricade on Smithdown Road in Liverpool, as around 200 missile-throwing youths gathered in the Toxteth area of Liverpool causing disorder and damage.
A rioter walks through a burning barricade on Smithdown Road in Liverpool, as around 200 missile-throwing youths gathered in the Toxteth area of Liverpool causing disorder and damage.
Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

DISORDER CONTINUED TO spread in the UK last night, with violence and looting experienced in Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, West Bromich, Gloucester and Liverpool.

London was on effective lockdown as 16,000 police officers patrolled the streets and violence was minimal compared to previous nights.

However, vigilante groups were reported in some areas, according to the Guardian.

Sky News reports that in Nottingham a police station was firebombed, police cars were set alight and youths were arrested.

A shopping centre in Birmingham had its windows smashed while there was also looting in the city.

West Midlands Police have released CCTV footage of people involved in the disorder.

West Midlands police have also launched a murder inquiry after three men died after being hit by a car just after 1am on Dudley Road in Birmingham. It is not yet known if this was part of the unrest in the area.

A standoff with police took place in Salford while a Miss Selfridge store in Manchester was set alight.

Police investigating the large fire at Reeves Furniture store in Reeves Corner, Croydon, as part of the disorder in the area on Monday 8 August arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the incident.

He was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He is being held at a south London police station.

A total of 685 arrests have been made in connection with the incidents of disorder seen across London in the last few days. Of those, 111 individuals have been charged.

So far, 47 people have been arrested in Manchester and 80 people in Birmingham.

Manchester Police described the unrest in their area as “senseless violence and senseless criminality” that “had no spark” to set it off.

Most of the unrest in these areas involved looting of businesses such as off-licences and retail stores.

As of last night, 111 officers had been reported injured because of “unprecedented violence directed at them” in London, the Metropolitan Police said.

Many officers are still undergoing hospital treatment, some requiring surgery. Injuries range from fractured bones, serious head injuries, concussion, cuts and sprains, even injured eyes from smashed and thrown glass.

Officers have been attacked with bricks, bottles, planks of wood and other missiles. In some incidents, officers have been hit by motor vehicles.

Five police dogs have been injured while dealing with the unrest. One named Linpol Luke sustained a serious head injury from a thrown brick and requires further treatment while Marshfield Mia was injured after being hit by a thrown bottle.

Members of the media have also been injured during the rioting.

Sky News journalist Mike McCarthy said: “One of our cameraman punched in the neck tonight and producer’s car wrecked in Manchester.”

A photograph has emerged of what appears to be a flyer handed out following the initial rioting in Tottenham. The flyer advises people to “keep a low profile” and “think about changing your appearance”.

The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked peaceful protests which then led to rioting, have publicly stated that they do not in anyway condone the violence witnessed on the streets of London.

The video below shows a young man in what is claimed to be Manchester city centre last night setting fire to a piece of clothing at the Miss Selfridge’s store there.

Another video, also claiming to be in Manchester, shows young people kicking in shop windows:

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