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Sep 6, 2011

Broken prison system to blame for riots – Clarke

LONDON (Reuters) – Nearly 75 percent of adults charged in last month’s riots in England were known criminals with prior convictions, a government minister said Tuesday, blaming a broken justice system for creating a “feral underclass” of repeat offenders.

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said the worst riots in a generation showed the urgent need to reform a penal system with a “straightforwardly dreadful” record of rehabilitating inmates.

Aug 29, 2011

Revellers flock to heavily policed carnival

LONDON (Reuters) – Revellers flocked to west London Monday for one of Europe’s biggest street parties, with record numbers of police on duty to prevent a repetition of riots that shook the capital three weeks ago.

Monday, a public holiday in England, is the main day of the two-day Notting Hill Carnival, an annual celebration of Caribbean culture that usually draws about 1 million people for a colourful procession of musicians and performers.

Aug 29, 2011

Revellers flock to heavily policed London carnival

LONDON (Reuters) – Revellers flocked to west London on Monday for one of Europe’s biggest street parties, with record numbers of police on duty to prevent a repetition of riots that shook the British capital three weeks ago.

Monday, a public holiday in England, is the main day of the two-day Notting Hill Carnival, an annual celebration of Caribbean culture that usually draws about 1 million people for a colourful procession of musicians and performers.

Aug 28, 2011

London carnival enjoys peaceful first day

LONDON (Reuters) – Revellers packed west London on Sunday for one of Europe’s biggest street parties with record numbers of police on duty to make sure there was no repetition of riots that scarred the British capital three weeks ago.

The Notting Hill Carnival, an annual two-day celebration of Caribbean culture that usually draws about 1 million people, got under way in a relaxed atmosphere.

Aug 28, 2011

Riots cast shadow over UK street party

LONDON (Reuters) – Revellers packed London streets on Sunday for one of Europe’s biggest street parties with record numbers of police on duty to make sure there was no repetition of riots that scarred the British capital three weeks ago.

The Notting Hill carnival, an annual two-day celebration of Caribbean culture that usually draws about 1 million people, got under way in a relaxed atmosphere in West London.

Aug 25, 2011

UK government not seeking to close social media in riots

LONDON (Reuters) – The government said on Thursday it was not seeking special powers to shut down social networking sites during civil unrest after holding talks with the industry and police on how to stop people plotting violence online.

It described a meeting between Home Secretary Theresa May, police and executives from Research in Motion’s Blackberry Messenger, Twitter and Facebook as “constructive.”

Aug 25, 2011

Gov not seeking to close social media in riots

LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – The government said on Thursday
it was not seeking special powers to shut down social networking
sites during civil unrest after holding talks with the industry
and police on how to stop people plotting violence online.

It described a meeting between Home Secretary Theresa May,
police and executives from Research in Motion’s
Blackberry Messenger, Twitter and Facebook as “constructive”.

Aug 23, 2011

London carnival to have record police presence

LONDON (Reuters) – A record number of police will be deployed at London’s Notting Hill Carnival this weekend to avoid any repeat of rioting that tore through parts of the capital two week’s ago, London’s Metropolitan Police force said Tuesday.

The decision to hold the two-day event, one of Europe’s biggest street parties, on August 28 and 29, had hung in the balance after the worst riots in decades shocked the country and drew a tough response to the disorder from the government.

Aug 17, 2011

Cracking down on gangs not sole answer to riots

LONDON (Reuters) – Responding to England’s worst riots in decades, Prime Minister David Cameron this week declared war on gangs. But talking tough and jailing offenders won’t solve the problem in the long term, says one youth worker with long experience in inner-city London.

Darren Way, 43, has been working with gang members in the deprived east London borough of Tower Hamlets, a hotbed of teenage gang violence, for more than 15 years. The district has one of the highest ethnic minority populations in the capital, consisting mainly of people of Bangladeshi origin.

Aug 12, 2011

Riots are a cry for help: ex London gang leader

LONDON (Reuters) – A man who led one of London’s most feared street gangs says riots in the capital and other English towns and cities this week were the inevitable result of frustration felt by Britain’s youth, not the brainchild of street gangs.

Elijah Kerr, who transformed the notorious street gang he founded into an entertainment organization aimed at helping young people, poured scorn on British Prime Minister David Cameron’s suggestion the riots were coordinated by gang leaders.