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Scenes From the London Riots

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Scenes From the London Riots

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In some of the worst disorder seen on the streets of London in years, riots across the capital city began following a vigil for a 29-year old man shot by police days earlier. Hundreds have been detained by police as violence has continued for days on the streets of London, although officials blame copycat criminals for prolonging the disorder. The hardest-hit area by far has been Tottenham, where residents identified “greedy youths” as primarily responsible for the looting and destruction, notin
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In some of the worst disorder seen on the streets of London in years, riots across the capital city began Aug 6, have continued for days and have now spread to other cities in England.

Hundreds have been detained by police,as violence has continued for days on the streets of London, although officials blame copycat criminals for prolonging the disorder. The hardest-hit area by far has been Tottenham, where residents identified “greedy youths” as primarily responsible for the looting and destruction, noting that they were aided by communication via text messaging and social networking sites.

The Metropolitan Police Service are also being criticized for allowing the violence to escalate, since they will be responsible for keeping order during next year’s Summer Olympics in London.

Click ahead for scenes from the destruction in London. 

Updated 10 Aug 2011

Birmingham Police Response

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Police disperse youths during riots in Birmingham City Centre on August 8, 2011 in Birmingham, England. After three nights of rioting and looting in and around London, the chaos is starting to spread to other cities around Britain.
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Police disperse youths during riots in Birmingham City Centre on August 8, 2011 in Birmingham, England. After three nights of rioting and looting in and around London, the chaos is starting to spread to other cities around Britain.

Manchester Copycats

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A shop burns on Market Street in Manchester City Centre on August 9, 2011 in Manchester, England.
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A shop burns on Market Street in Manchester City Centre on August 9, 2011 in Manchester, England.

Charred Buildings in London

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A workman stands guard beside the charred remains of the Reeves furniture shop in Croydon, south of London, on August 10, 2011, following riots in the area on Monday night. Prime Minister David Cameron said a 'fightback' was underway Wednesday after four nights of violent riots as he authorised police to use water cannon for the first time in mainland Britain.
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A workman stands guard beside the charred remains of the Reeves furniture shop in Croydon, south of London, on August 10, 2011, following riots in the area on Monday night. Prime Minister David Cameron said a 'fightback' was underway Wednesday after four nights of violent riots as he authorised police to use water cannon for the first time in mainland Britain.

Burnt Out Cars

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A burnt out car is pictured in Toxteth, Liverpool, on August 10, 2011, following a fourth night of violence in Britain.
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A burnt out car is pictured in Toxteth, Liverpool, on August 10, 2011, following a fourth night of violence in Britain.

Riots in Birmingham

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Police walk past a burning car during riots in Birmingham City Centre on August 8, 2011 in Birmingham, England. After three nights of rioting and looting in and around London, the chaos is starting to spread to other cities around Britain.
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Police walk past a burning car during riots in Birmingham City Centre on August 8, 2011 in Birmingham, England. After three nights of rioting and looting in and around London, the chaos is starting to spread to other cities around Britain.

Continued Destruction in London

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People walk past fire-damaged shops and flats in Clapham Junction on August 10, 2011 in London, England. As trouble erupted through the night in other major cities across England, London remained mostly quiet after 16,000 police were deployed.
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People walk past fire-damaged shops and flats in Clapham Junction on August 10, 2011 in London, England. As trouble erupted through the night in other major cities across England, London remained mostly quiet after 16,000 police were deployed.

Sony Distribution Center

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Firefighters battle a massive blaze at the Sony distribution centre in Waltham Abbey, north of London during the riots.
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Firefighters battle a massive blaze at the Sony distribution centre in Waltham Abbey, north of London during the riots.

Sony Distribution Center

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An aerial view of the Sony distribution center engulfed in fire on the 9th August, 2011 in London. Widespread looting, arson and clashes with police continued for a third day in parts of the capital, as well as in Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol, as the disruption carries into a fourth night.
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An aerial view of the Sony distribution center engulfed in fire on the 9th August, 2011 in London. Widespread looting, arson and clashes with police continued for a third day in parts of the capital, as well as in Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol, as the disruption carries into a fourth night.

Riots And Looting Continues Across London

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A girl looks at damage caused by looters in a pawn shop on Clapham High Street on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Sporadic looting and clashes with police continue for a third day in parts of the capital after the killing of the 29 year-old father of four Mark Duggan by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A girl looks at damage caused by looters in a pawn shop on Clapham High Street on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Sporadic looting and clashes with police continue for a third day in parts of the capital after the killing of the 29 year-old father of four Mark Duggan by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Visits Tottenham Following The Rioting

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TOTTENHAM, LONDON - AUGUST 08: (L - R) Tottenham MP David Lammy and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg meet local residents and business people including Pizza shop owner Mohammed Nabi Ayubi after rioting broke out in Tottenham on Saturday night on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting took place across some parts of London in the early hours of Monday morning prompted by earlier rioting in Tottenham in North London. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tot
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TOTTENHAM, LONDON - AUGUST 08: (L - R) Tottenham MP David Lammy and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg meet local residents and business people including Pizza shop owner Mohammed Nabi Ayubi after rioting broke out in Tottenham on Saturday night on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting took place across some parts of London in the early hours of Monday morning prompted by earlier rioting in Tottenham in North London. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Riots And Looting Continues Across London

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Firefighters battle a large fire that broke out in shops and residential properties in Croydon on August 9, 2011 in London, England. Sporadic looting and clashes with police continue for a third day in parts of the capital after the killing of the 29-year-old father of four Mark Duggan by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Firefighters battle a large fire that broke out in shops and residential properties in Croydon on August 9, 2011 in London, England. Sporadic looting and clashes with police continue for a third day in parts of the capital after the killing of the 29-year-old father of four Mark Duggan by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Riot police protect the entrance to Debe

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Riot police protect the entrance to Debenhams department store in Clapham Junction, south London on 8 August 2011. Now in it's third night of unrest, London has seen sporadic outbreaks of looting and clashes both north and south of the river Thames. Two police cars and a large number of buildings were on Saturday set ablaze in Tottenham, north London following a protest over the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man in an armed stand-off with officers. The patrol cars were torched as dozens gath
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Riot police protect the entrance to Debenhams department store in Clapham Junction, south London on 8 August 2011. Now in it's third night of unrest, London has seen sporadic outbreaks of looting and clashes both north and south of the river Thames. Two police cars and a large number of buildings were on Saturday set ablaze in Tottenham, north London following a protest over the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man in an armed stand-off with officers. The patrol cars were torched as dozens gathered outside the police station on the High Road in Tottenham. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Riots And Looting Continues Across London

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Youths loot a Carhartt store in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various parts of London this evening prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Peter Macd
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Youths loot a Carhartt store in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various parts of London this evening prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Riots And Looting Continues Across London

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A rioter throws a rock at riot police in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various boroughs of London this evening, as well as in Birmingham, prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. It has been announced that the Prime Minister David Cameron and his family are due to return home from their summer holiday in Tuscany, Italy to respond to the
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A rioter throws a rock at riot police in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting continues to take place in various boroughs of London this evening, as well as in Birmingham, prompted by the initial rioting in Tottenham and then in Brixton on Sunday night. It has been announced that the Prime Minister David Cameron and his family are due to return home from their summer holiday in Tuscany, Italy to respond to the rioting. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Clean Up Across London After A Third Night Of Rioting

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Burnt out cars are left in Ealing Green following a night of rioting on August 9, 2011 in London, England. Sporadic looting, arson and clashes with police continued for a third day in parts of the capital, as well as in Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Burnt out cars are left in Ealing Green following a night of rioting on August 9, 2011 in London, England. Sporadic looting, arson and clashes with police continued for a third day in parts of the capital, as well as in Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

Police Survey The Damage After Another Night Of Rioting And Looting On The Streets Of London

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A policeman looks at a damaged patrol car in Church Street in Enfield on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting took place across some parts of London in the early hours of Monday morning prompted by earlier rioting in Tottenham in North London. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: A policeman looks at a damaged patrol car in Church Street in Enfield on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Pockets of rioting and looting took place across some parts of London in the early hours of Monday morning prompted by earlier rioting in Tottenham in North London. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Rioting Breaks Out Across London

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Two young men are detained outside the Currys electrical store in Brixton on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Widespread rioting and looting took place across many parts of London in the early hours of Monday morning in a reaction to earlier rioting in Tottenham in North London. Major disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Two young men are detained outside the Currys electrical store in Brixton on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Widespread rioting and looting took place across many parts of London in the early hours of Monday morning in a reaction to earlier rioting in Tottenham in North London. Major disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Clean Up Across London After A Third Night Of Rioting

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Local residents gather as firefighters examine the aftermath of a fire in the Party Store after last night's rioting at Clapham Junction on August 9, 2011 in London, England. Sporadic looting and clashes with police continued yesterday for a third day in parts of the capital after the killing of the 29 year-old father of four Mark Duggan by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Local residents gather as firefighters examine the aftermath of a fire in the Party Store after last night's rioting at Clapham Junction on August 9, 2011 in London, England. Sporadic looting and clashes with police continued yesterday for a third day in parts of the capital after the killing of the 29 year-old father of four Mark Duggan by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Double-Decker Bus

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A double decker bus burns as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham, north London on August 6, 2011. Two police cars were on Saturday set ablaze in north London during the protests. The patrol cars were torched as dozens gathered outside the police station on the High Road in Tottenham.
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A double-decker bus burns as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham, North London, on Aug. 6.

Protestors Arrested

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Two young men are detained outside the Currys electrical store in Brixton on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Widespread rioting and looting took place across many parts of London in the early hours of Monday morning in a reaction to earlier rioting in Tottenham in North London.
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Two young men are detained outside the Currys electrical store in Brixton. Widespread rioting and looting took place across many parts of London in the early hours of Monday in a reaction to earlier rioting in Tottenham in North London.

Burnt-Out Vehicles

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Remains of burntout vehicles after riots on Tottenham High Road on August 7, 2011 in London, England.
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Remains of burnt-out vehicles after riots on Tottenham High Road on Aug. 7.

Firetrucks in the Streets

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Police and emergency services clean up and contain the scene on Tottenham High Road on August 7, 2011 in London, England.
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The morning of Aug. 7, police and emergency services clean up and contain the scene on Tottenham High Road.

Looters in Tottenham

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Youths use aerosol cans to set fire to shelves of goods inside a retail store on Tottenham High Road after youths protested against the killing of a man by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 6, 2011 in London, England.
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Youths use aerosol cans to set fire to shelves of goods inside a retail store on Tottenham High Road.

After the Riots

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Residents watch as a building burns after riots in Tottenham, north London on August 7, 2011. Rioting broke out in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29, a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4.
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Residents watch as a building burns after riots in Tottenham, North London. Rioting broke out in Tottenham and the surrounding area two days after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29, a father of four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on Aug. 4.

Tensions in North London

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Youths face off with riot police after protesting against the killing of a local man by armed police in an attempted arrest, August 6, 2011 in London, England. Twenty-nine-year-old father-of-four Mark Duggan died August 4 after being shot by police in Tottenham, north London.
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Youths face off with riot police after protesting against the killing of a local man by armed police in an attempted arrest.

Battles in the Street

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Protestors face off against riot police lines in Tottenham, north London, Rioting spread to the neighbouring area of Enfireld Over one hundred arrests were made by the following evening. Three people were injured as well as 26 police officers.
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From Tottenham, North London, rioting spread to the neighboring area of Enfield. More than 100 arrests were made by the following evening. Three people were injured, as were 26 police officers.

London Burns

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A Carpetright store burns on Tottenham after being set on fire by youths. Several other buildings were targeted by rioters with reports of looting in the area also taking place. A London double-decker bus was also set on fire.
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A Carpetright store burns in Tottenham after being set on fire by youths. Several other buildings were targeted by rioters, with reports of looting in the area also taking place.

Riots Continue Through the Night

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Rioting continued through-out Saturday night. Reportes suggested local gangs were partly responsible for crimial acts caused against both property and police officers.
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Rioting continued throughout Saturday night. Reports suggested local gangs were partly responsible for criminal acts against both property and police officers.

Surveying the Damage

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A Fireman stands near the smouldering remains of a burnt out building after riots on Tottenham, north London on August 7, 2011. Several commercial premises were set on fire, while mass looting of shops also took place. Hundreds of thousdands of pounds worth of damage was caused by the riots.
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A fireman stands near the smouldering remains of a burnt-out building after the Tottenham, North London, riots. Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused by the riots.

Fire Crews on Site

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Emergency services hose down smouldering buildings on Tottenham north London on August 7, 2011. Rioting would take place for a second night and spread to neighbouring boroughs in North East London.
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Emergency services hose down smouldering buildings on Aug. 7. Rioting would take place for a second night and spread to neighboring boroughs in North East London.

Burnt-Out Police Car

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A boy cycles past a burnt-out police car on High Road in Tottenham, north London on August 7, 2011. Two police cars and a large number of buildings were on Saturday set ablaze in north London following a protest over the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man in an armed stand-off with officers. The patrol cars were set alight as dozens gathered outside the police station on the High Road in Tottenham.
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A boy cycles past a burnt-out police car. Two police cars were set ablaze as dozens gathered outside the police station on the High Road in Tottenham, North London.

Shops Looted During Riots

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A view of sports reatiler JD Sports shows the damaged during riots in Tottenham, north London on August 7, 2011. Shops were targeted by rioters and looters in night which saw violence not seen in North London since 1985.
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A view of sports reatiler JD Sports shows the damage from violence not seen in North London since 1985.

Police Clean Up Operation

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Police contain the scene in Tottenham, norht London on August 7, 2011. The clean up operation began a few hours after police were able to regain control of the streets. Police indicated they would be reviewing CCTV footage of the riots and that more arrests were likely. So far 155 people have been arrested in relation to the riots.
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Police contain the scene in Tottenham on Aug. 7. The cleanup operation began a few hours after police were able to regain control of the streets. Police indicated they would be reviewing CCTV footage of the riots and that more arrests were likely. So far, 155 people have been arrested.

London Fire Crews

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A fireman stands outside a burning building after riots in Tottenham, norht London. Local residents have called for calm and told of their fear during the riots. As wel as commercial properties some residential properties were set on fire.
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A fireman stands outside a burning building. Commercial properties and some residential properties were set on fire. Local residents have called for calm.