UK RIOTS 2011: Amazing Photos, Love Robo-Cop Gear/Vehicles

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Too young to drink: A youngster barely over 10 years old clutches a bottle of wine looted from a Sainsbury’s Local store in Manchester city centre, and right, one of his friends runs away from the same shop with three bottles of strong vodka

Primary school age: Two youngsters pull the hoods from their baggy sweaters over their heads as they stand outside the looted store. The child who stole a bottle of wine is seen behind them returning with a bottle of coke

Primary school age: Two youngsters pull the hoods from their baggy sweaters over their heads as they stand outside the looted store. The child who stole a bottle of wine is seen behind them returning with a bottle of Coke

Free for all: Youths spill out of the damaged store in Manchester after filling their pockets with cigarettes and bottles of alcohol

Free for all: Hooded youths spill out of the damaged store in Manchester after filling their pockets with cigarettes and bottles of alcohol

‘Whatever resources the police need they will get. What ever tactics they feel they need they will have legal backing to do so.’

Mr Cameron said that the police would be checking offenders ‘picture by picture’ and they would not let ‘phoney human rights’ stand in the way of bringing rioters to justice.

He said that something was ‘seriously wrong’ with society ‘when you see children as young as 12 or 13 looting and laughing’.

Mr Cameron insisted the ‘fightback’ by police was succeeding today after a fourth night of rioting across the country. He said a ‘more robust approach’ by Scotland Yard last night had prevented a repeat of the worst trouble.

The PM said it was ‘simply not acceptable’ that violence was taking place and had spread to Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham overnight.

‘We will not put up with this in our country. We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets.

‘There are pockets of our society that are not only broken, but frankly sick…It is a complete lack of responsibility in parts of our society, people allowed to feel that the world owes them something.’

Later, the Prime Minister also described the apparent hit-and-run killing of three men in Birmingham who were trying to protect shops from looters as a ‘truly dreadful incident’ and offered his condolences to their families.

Labour leader Ed Miliband was quickly mobbed by members of the public and a large group surrounded and followed him as he made his way slowly around Market Street in Manchester.

One man, mistaking the Labour leader for his older brother, shouted: ‘All platitudes, Dave, as usual. You are all the same.’

Standing outside the burnt-out Miss Selfridge store, Mr Miliband told members of the public the first thing that had to be done was to ‘restore public order’.

Meeting: The Prime Minister discusses tactics with senior officers from the police, fire and ambulance services at the Wolverhampton Civic Centre

Meeting: The Prime Minister discusses tactics with senior officers from the police, fire and ambulance services at the Wolverhampton Civic Centre

Prime Minister David Cameron outside Downing Street today makes a speech on the riots
Protesters clash with the Irish police in Dublin, Republic of Ireland in 2004

Riot crackdown: Prime Minister David Cameron outside Downing Street today makes a speech on the riots in which he revealed that police will be given the green light to use water cannons similar to those used when protesters clashed with the Irish police in Dublin, Republic of Ireland in 2004, pictured right

Walkabout: Labour leader Ed Miliband is heckled and called 'Dave' as he stands outside a burnt-out Miss Selfridge shop on Market Street in Manchester after rioting in the city

Walkabout: Labour leader Ed Miliband is heckled and called ‘Dave’ as he stands outside a burnt-out Miss Selfridge shop on Market Street in Manchester after rioting in the city

A map shows where the UK riots took place

He said: ‘Then we have got to look into the causes, why people are going around doing this. And I think there are a complex number of causes.’

He said he thought it was ‘partly about parental responsibility, partly about gangs and some of that culture’.

Amid chaotic scenes, Mr Miliband thanked a nine-year-old girl called Jess Reid, from Denton, who had volunteered to help clean up the city centre and the crowd responded by giving her a round of applause.

WATER CANNONS: A POWERFUL FORM OF RIOT CONTROL

Water cannons shoot a high-pressure stream of water and have been used against rioters in Northern Ireland but never on the British mainland.

They are also used in Europe today by countries such as France and Germany but have a history of being used repressively.

They were deployed during the US civil rights movement in the 1960s and protesters in the former Soviet bloc. 

The devices were originally built to be used on boats to help put out fires and were first used for riot control in Germany at the start of the 1930s.

More modern devices can be controlled remotely by joystick, meaning the operator is not put at risk.

They can carry 2,000 gallons (8,000 litres) of water and have a delivery rate of 250 gallons per minute (15 litres per second). 

But critics argue they are limited because they use up so much water they need constantly refilling and also have restricted mobility.

The huge amount of water involved, initials costs and maintenance also mean they are extremely costly.

There are other problems because they are so indiscriminate and can cause serious injury.

He then met a group of other volunteers who had rallied to the cause after Jeremy Myers, 34, started the Twitter group @cleanupmanc.

Mr Miliband said: ‘Good to see you. Thank you for coming out. I really appreciate it. This is the real spirit of Manchester, isn’t it, rather than the yobs and what they do.’

This evening in the city, 800 police officers are patrolling the city centre, with their numbers bolstered by officers from the Lancashire and Cumbrian forces.

In another development, police in Croydon named the man who was found shot dead in his car during Monday’s disturbances.

He was named by Scotland Yard as 26-year-old Trevor Ellis, who was from Brixton Hill.

Mr Ellis, died from the head injury, a post mortem examination showed today.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Initial inquiries indicate the victim had travelled to the Croydon area earlier on Monday August 8 in the company of a group of friends.

‘It is believed the group became involved in an altercation with a group of approximately nine individuals.

‘This altercation culminated in a vehicle pursuit involving three vehicles which commenced in Scarbrook Road, Croydon, passing along the A232 flyover into Duppas Hill Road where the victim was shot.’

Last night disorder and looting rocked parts of Manchester particularly, but there was also trouble in Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Nottingham, Leicester and Liverpool – although police appeared to containing the unrest.

But in what was by far the most serious incident of the night three men, two of them brothers aged 30 and 31, died in Birmingham after they were hit by a car.

Today, the shocked father of the 21-year-old who was also killed told how he tried to save his son’s life as he lay in the street after the hit and run.

Tariq Jahan wept as he described how his hands and face were ‘covered in blood’ from his son Haroon, who died along with brothers Abdul Nasir, 31, and Shazad Ali, 30.

Pleading for an end to the violence he told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘I miss him dearly but two days from now the whole world will forget.’

West Midlands Police is also currently investigating reports that shots were fired at a police officer just outside Birmingham city centre, thought to be in the Aston area, according to Sky.

None of the violence has escalated in the same way as it did in London the previous night. The capital remained relatively calm last night.

So far, 109 people have been arrested in the West Midlands, 110 in Manchester and Salford, and 44 in and around Liverpool. In Bristol there were 19 arrests for offences, including having a balaclava in your possession.

There was also a large blaze at a derelict art college in Gloucester, with several smaller fires, while police also dealt with small groups who attacked them.

In Birmingham mobs rampaged through the city centre but unlike Saturday night, when shops were looted, the gangs mainly wreaked destruction, setting fire to cars and attempting to provoke police.

Rioters continually regrouped and dispersed, forcing police to chase them. Crowds of around 500 assembled in the city centre and the atmosphere quickly turned menacing.

During the disturbances the three men – the brothers and a friend – were involved in a hit-and-run incident in the Winson Green area as they were protecting their car wash business after the previous night’s violence. They were taken to hospital but all subsequently died.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: ‘The incident occurred just after 1am in Dudley Road. West Midlands Police have launched a murder inquiry, arrested one man in connection with the incident and recovered a vehicle from near the scene which will be examined by forensics experts.’

Police appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

A relative of one of the dead men victims told Sky News this morning: ‘They were not in the way or blocking the road. The car swerved towards them.’

He said that the three had been on the street protecting their business – a car wash – after violence the previous night, when two cars swerved on to the pavement and struck them.

The three were taken to Birmingham City Hospital, where a large crowd gathered this morning at around 5.45am and police in riot gear stood guard at the main entrance, according to the BBC.

Elsewhere in the city, youths stormed Tesco, the post office, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser and smoke poured from a flaming car blocking views of the city’s iconic Selfridges building.

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As tens of thousands of pounds of goods are predicted to have been stolen, internet retail giants eBay and Gumtree have both said they will help the police to identify and remove any stolen items linked to crime after a fourth night of looting.

Reinforcements: Police file down the escalator and stand guard at the Mailbox shopping and hotel complex in Birmingham City Centre yesterday

Reinforcements: Police file down the escalator and stand guard at the Mailbox shopping and hotel complex in Birmingham City Centre yesterday

Miss Selfridge in Manchester
How the riot police were a suit of armour to deal with the rioters

Manchester: Dressed in full armour a group of riot officers walk through Market Street on Tuesday night. On the right is a breakdown of the equipment each officer wears

Triple murder inquiry: Three men are dead after being hit by a car during the riots overnight in Birmingham

Mob-rule: A vehicle burns as yobs move away on the streets of Birmingham

On guard: Riot police stand with shields in front of a street fire in the Toxteth area of Liverpool last night which was hit by riots

On guard: Riot police stand with shields in front of a street fire in the Toxteth area of Liverpool last night which was hit by riots

Under control: Heavily protected and looking menacing, police 'Jankel' riot wagons patrol Hackney centre to prevent further disturbances last night

Under control: Heavily protected and looking menacing, police ‘Jankel’ riot wagons patrol Hackney centre to prevent further disturbances last night

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