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London riots spread

Thousands of extra officers arrive to help Metropolitan police

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Copycat rioting and looting broke out across north, south and east London Sunday after riots took place in Tottenham on Saturday. Thousands of extra police officers were brought in from neighbouring forces to help Metropolitan police handle the violence that erupted after a 29-year-old man was shot dead by police Thursday evening. People in masks have been throwing stones and bottles at police, while others have ransacked electronics stores, McDonald’s franchises and more. Officials have been accused of failing to provide leadership as rioting took over the capital over the weekend, as many have been out of the country. Prime Minister David Cameron is on vacation in Italy, while London mayor Boris Johnson is also on holiday. Both have issued statements condemning the violence.

The Guardian

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