London police at the ready for more unrest
LONDON - Police deployed extra officers on London’s streets to prevent a repeat of the rioting and looting in a deprived area amid community anger over a fatal police shooting, and new disturbances broke out in another district of the city late yesterday.
A peaceful protest against the killing of the 29-year-old man in north London’s Tottenham area degenerated into a Saturday night rampage, with rioters torching a double-decker bus, destroying patrol cars, and trashing a shopping mall in the nearby Wood Green district.
Disturbances broke out late yesterday in Enfield, about 5 miles north of Tottenham. Television footage showed riot and mounted police patrolling the streets; there were also images of smashed shop windows and police with dogs detaining at least one man.
There were also reports that a police car was vandalized in Enfield. Sky News television reported that several hundred young people were on the streets causing trouble.
In Saturday’s violence, several buildings were set ablaze. TV footage showed the double-decker bus in a fireball and mounted police charging through the streets trying to restore order.
Police said 26 officers received injuries, most if not all apparently minor, and 55 arrests were made, including four yesterday. The majority of arrests were for burglary; other offenses included violent disorder, robbery, theft, and handling of stolen goods.
London’s Fire Department said it dealt with 49 fires in Tottenham. No firefighters were injured.
Social networking websites swirled with rumors of other riots beginning or being planned in other areas of the city, but police warned the public not to trust everything they saw on the Internet - adding that officers were keeping a close eye on what was being said online as well.