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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

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There's been a third night of rioting in London and for the first time the trouble has spread to other cities.

Riot police have been on the streets as angry mobs attacked shops and vehicles and set buildings and cars on fire.

There's also been widespread looting.

There were major fires in Hackney and Croydon.

Trevor Reeves' family furniture store has stood for more than 100 years in Croydon - but it's been destroyed by fire.

He says he saw people running away from the building after torching it.

Meanwhile a 26-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital after being been shot during the riots in Croydon.

Police say the man was found inside a car on Warrington Road at around quarter past nine last night.

Two people, believed to be in their late twenties, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Mobs wearing masks and hurling missiles have also been on the rampage in Clapham, Peckham, Ealing and Camden.

Several shops have been smashed in and looted.

Scotland Yard's described the trouble as "gratuitous violence".

London's deputy mayor Kit Malthouse says it's been a "terrifying" night.

But he says the people responsible for violence will be prosecuted.

There have been similar scenes in Liverpool where commercial dustbins and vehicles were set alight and police were pelted with makeshift missiles.

Police in Bristol have closed the city centre to stop rioters getting access to the main shopping district.

Four people were arrested overnight for public order and criminal damage offences.

And in Birmingham, shops and businesses have been smashed and looted.

West Midlands Police have arrested around one hundred people.

David Cameron has flown back early from his holiday to chair an emergency meeting this morning.

The Prime Minister will meet the Home Secretary before talks begin.

Theresa May's described the rioting as "sheer criminality".

Following the violence some Londoners have vowed on social networking sites like Twitter to ‘take back their city’.

Residents in the worst affected areas have planned a number of clean-up operations.

A clean up in Clapham gets underway at 9am – while others will take place in East Croydon and Ealing at 10.

More information on that can be found at riotcleanup.co.uk

Meanwhile a video of a woman standing up to rioters has gone viral on social networking sites.

And in sport, senior officials from the FA are meeting at Wembley amid fears tomorrow's friendly between England and Netherlands may be postponed.

It follows a third night of rioting in London.

Police will make the final decision - but 2 matches due to take place tonight in the capital have already been called off.

The Carling Cup fixtures between West Ham and Aldershot and Charlton and Reading will not take place this evening.
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