Aug. 7 - A night of rioting which followed the fatal shooting of a local man by police, leaves the area of Tottenham in north London devastated. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) London picked itself up on Sunday (August 7) from some of the worst violence seen in the British capital for years, which politicians and police blamed on criminal thugs but residents attributed to local tensions and anger over rising financial hardship. Rioters throwing petrol bombs rampaged overnight through an economically deprived district, setting police patrol cars, buildings and a double-decker bus on fire. The air around the Tottenham High Road, site of the riots, was still thick with smoke on Sunday and people covered their mouths as they passed through side-streets. Firefighters continued to hose down smoldering buildings and broken glass carpeted the road strewn with debris. Police said 26 officers were injured as rioters bombarded them with missiles and bottles, looted buildings including banks, shops and council offices, and torched three patrol cars near Tottenham police station in north London. The trouble broke out on Saturday (August 6) night following a peaceful demonstration over the shooting of Mark Duggan, 29, who was killed after an exchange of gunfire with police on Thursday. Duggan's death is now being investigated by the independent police watchdog.