Violence Spreads Beyond London on Fourth Night of Rioting

Increased police presence calms London streets, but other cities suffer from depleted troops

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Violence sprouted up outside of London Tuesday evening in the fourth night of violence in England, The Daily Telegraph reports. The number of police officers in London grew from 6,000 to 16,000 in order to stamp out any more rioting or looting efforts. The effort to ship in police from surrounding cities and counties unfortunately left those places vulnerable. Disturbances have been reported outside of the capitol Tuesday evening.

Manchester has been hit the worst so far Tuesday evening. Popular party dress spot Miss Selfridge was set on fire and a Footlocker was broken into and looted. Bricks were being thrown and cars were being set on fire in Birmingham, West Bromwich, and Wolverhampton. The Guardian also continued their live-blog of the violence in the city Tuesday evening. According to their report (8:51 p.m.), no shoe store in Manchester is safe either. The Press Association reports a Foot Asylum was also broken into. About 100 teenagers broke in after smashing a large concrete slab through the front door. Groups of up to 200 teenagers were running through evading police at different times. Manchester police officers are "battling to regain control on the streets," according to Chief Constable Gary Shewan of the Greater Manchester police. "These are pure and simple criminals running wild tonight," said Shewan.

Guardian reporter Paul Lewis reported a disturbing scene of vigilantism in Enfield Tuesday evening. A group of about 70 men started chasing youths in the area in an effort to scare off suspected rioters. After his original report, he was careful to stress that it "is always a tough balance to get the tone right, and it is important to stress, again, there is no evidence of racial disturbance here." The men were white, reportedly drunk, and yelling they wanted to, "get the 'blacks' and 'pakis'." The reporter was shaken up by the scene. "It seemed pertinent to mention what some of the men were saying, as it seemed different to anything we've seen in the last four days," he relayed to the live-blog.

Overall though, rioting seems to be slowing down. The numbers of arrests Tuesday seems to be down. There were 142 arrests in the Birmingham City Centre after the rioting Monday evening, whereas only 36 arrests were made in Birmingham, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton Tuesday evening. There were virtually no disturbances in London, and the Guardian says the raised police presence is "appearing to have worked."

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