Breakdown of England's riots
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The images of the smouldering remains of burnt out buildings and the black carcass of a bus accompanied the news stories of the weekend North London riots. Monday evening saw this mass of destruction spread throughout the entire country. The havoc started following the death of Mark Duggan, 29 who was killed on Thursday by Metropolitan Police. The officers worked for Operation Trident, which investigates gun crime in the black community. He was shot during an attempted arrest where three shots were fired. A bullet was found lodged in the police car radio and a non-police gun was found on the scene leading many to believe Duggan had fired at the police men, but no confirmations have been made by Operation Trident. A police officer was injured in the incident and later discharged from hospital. The silence from the police has sparked questions around the original idea that the police officers acted in self defence following a shot fired first by Duggan. The uncertainty surrounding the bullet found in the car radio and non police gun found at the scene suggests that Duggan may have had a gun but did not necessarily use it. Around 300 people gathered for a peaceful protest on Saturday outside Tottenham police station, asking the police for answers. When they refused to respond a riot started in the area which spread to looting, fatalities and arson throughout London. Sunday night saw the second night of violence spreading to boroughs in north, south and east London. Brixton had the biggest amount of violence with more shops being looted and set alight. The rioting continued on Monday evening. The number of arrests in London are reported to be at least 400 so far. A huge fire broke out in Croydon at a sofa factory which then spread to buildings and tram lines, cars were set on fire in Lewisham, a bus and shop set alight in Peckham and a fire started in Haven Green park. A Sony warehouse in Enfield, a shopping centre in Woolwich New Road, a timber yard in East Ham and a building on Lavender Hill were all up in flames. Shops have been looted and raided including a Debenhams store and a Tesco in Bethnal Green, a 26 year old man found in a car in Croydon has been hospitalised with gunshot wounds.
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