London riots (2011)

Widespread riot was observed in London between 6 to 10 August. The problem started after the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by Metropolitan Police Service firearms officers on 4 August 2011. A peaceful march was organized on 6th August against the shooting. Riots took place over the next few days which first started in Tottenham, North London but soon spread to other English cities, including Birmingham and Manchester. Rampant looting and arson attacks was also observed. It forced British Prime Minister David Cameron to cut short his vacation in Italy. Other opposition leaders also ended their holidays to monitor the situation. On 11th August an emergency meeting was called in Parliament. Police was not allowed to take leave. More than 3,000 people have been arrested. Riots also resulted in economic losses. The most common crimes were burglary (1,101), damage to vehicles (399), theft (310) and arson (162).

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