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Aug 12, 2011

Riots are a cry for help, says 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 organisation aimed at helping young people, poured scorn on Prime Minister David Cameron’s suggestion the riots were coordinated by gang leaders.

Aug 10, 2011

British cities hit by looting, London quiet

LONDON (Reuters) – Youths fought running battles with police in English cities and towns overnight but London, where thousands of extra police were deployed, was largely peaceful after three turbulent nights in which youths rampaged in parts of the capital virtually unchecked.

Manchester and Liverpool in the northwest and Birmingham in central England suffered the worst of the overnight violence, which broke out in north London on Saturday after a protest over a police shooting of a suspect two days earlier.

Aug 10, 2011

British cities clear up after looting, London quiet

LONDON (Reuters) – British cities began on Wednesday to clean up shopping streets littered with debris from a night of looting by gangs of hooded youths copying the tactics of young Londoners who had rampaged through districts of the capital for three nights.

London itself was largely quiet on Tuesday night, with some 16,000 police — 10,000 more than on Monday — sent onto the streets in a show of force in districts where gangs had looted shops and burned cars and buildings virtually unchecked on the previous three nights.

Aug 10, 2011

Violence erupts outside London but capital quiet

LONDON (Reuters) – Violence flared in English cities and towns on Tuesday night but London, where thousands of extra police had been deployed, was largely peaceful after three turbulent nights in which youths rampaged across the capital virtually unchecked.

Groups of youths in hooded tops fought running battles with police in Manchester in northwest England, smashing windows and looting shops. A clothes shop was set alight.

Aug 9, 2011

Police to swamp London streets to tackle unrest

LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Thousands of policemen prepared to
deploy on London’s streets on Tuesday night to head off rioters
and looters who have rampaged through parts of the British
capital virtually unchecked for the past three nights.

Community leaders sought to explain the violence, the worst
in London for decades, as rooted in the growing disparities in
wealth and opportunity in this huge, multi-ethnic city.

Aug 9, 2011

Riots spread on third night of violence

LONDON (Reuters) – Rioting and looting spread across London on Monday as hooded youths set buildings and cars ablaze, smashed shop windows and hurled bottles and stones at police in a third night of violence in Britain’s worst unrest in decades.

Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his holiday to fly home to tackle the violence, which appeared to be led by youths alienated by years of underemployment which left them feeling marginalised even before the economic downturn.

Aug 9, 2011

British riots spread on third night of violence

LONDON (Reuters) – Rioting and looting spread across London on Monday as hooded youths set buildings and cars ablaze, smashed shop windows and hurled bottles and stones at police in a third night of violence in Britain’s worst unrest in decades.

Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his holiday to fly home to tackle the violence, which appeared to be led by youths alienated by years of underemployment which left them feeling marginalized even before the economic downturn.

Aug 8, 2011

Violence escalates in British capital

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Riots spread to new areas of
London on Monday in a third night of violence as hooded youths
torched cars and buildings, hurled missiles at police and looted
shops, in the worst unrest in the British capital for decades.

Police were out in force, but struggled to stop disturbances
spreading to Hackney in east London, close to the site of next
year’s Olympics games, and Peckham and Lewisham in south London.

Aug 8, 2011

New clashes break out in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Youths hurled missiles at police in northeast London on Monday as violence broke out in the capital for a third night.

Protesters threw bottles, rubbish bins and supermarket trolleys at officers, and police with riot shields responded by charging them as they tried to seal off a busy area around Hackney Central station.

Jul 13, 2011

British court defers Assange extradition decision

LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) – Two judges deferred a decision
on Wednesday over whether to allow WikiLeaks’ founder Julian
Assange to be extradited to Sweden from Britain over allegations
of sexual misconduct.

A written judgment will be handed down at a later date, as
yet unspecified.

Lawyers acting for Swedish authorities told the British
court on Wednesday that Assange faced accusations of rape and
sexual assault and should be transferred to Sweden to face them.