London burns at hands of the mob as the PM finally flies home: Gangs armed with petrol bombs and poles on THIRD night of riots and cynical looting

Monday, August 8, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Emily Allen
9th August 2011

Police and firefighters are struggling to control riots across London tonight in which officers have been attacked, shops looted and dozens of buildings set on fire.

The violence began in Hackney shortly after 4pm when a mob of hooded youths began hurling missiles at officers and setting fire to bins and cars. Minutes later similar scenes erupted in Lewisham, spreading to Peckham, Deptford and Croydon in south east London.

Since then, hundreds of fires started all over the capital, from Camden in the north, Woolwich in the south east and Ealing in west London.

Reeves furniture store was burned to the ground Croydon – a family business for more than 100 years – and one woman was seen leaping from a burning building on Surrey Street as flames threatened to engulf her. Police have also announced a man has been shot in the suburb, but not fatally injured.

Disturbances have also been reported in Harrow, in the north west of the city and Clapham, in south London, where shops have been looted, including the Debenhams store and a row of shops in Lavender Hill.

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Unrest has also been reported in Fulham, at Wandsworth Bridge Road, and in Ealing in west London windows at a Tesco supermarket were smashed and rubbish was strewn across the street.

A bus at High Street Kensington has also been attacked and unrest has been reported in Camden and Chalk Farm.

Lots Of Pics…HERE

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