Anger still burns in epicentre of UK riots
TOTTENHAM in North London is still smouldering with anger and frustration, one week on from the unprecedented wave of rioting, arson and looting that broke out here and then swept across England.
Last Sunday, residents of the multi-ethnic neighbourhood were assessing the scale of the damage after a night that saw running battles with riot police, homes and businesses reduced to cinders and stores smashed into.
But while the clean-up continues and businesses get back to normal one week on, the tension has not dissipated.
Tottenham High Road, the neighbourhood`s main thoroughfare which was the scene of last Saturday`s explosion of violence, remained a crime scene for a week, taped off by the police as they gathered evidence.
Saturday should have seen the area streaming with football supporters for Tottenham Hotspur`s match against Everton as the English Premier League season kicked off but the game was postponed for safety reasons.
"We`re closed since last Saturday," a Turkish restaurant owner said as he finally reopened for business, a week on.
The trigger for last Saturday`s riot, which then sparked a wave of arson, looting and disorder across London and then to cities beyond, was the death of Mark Duggan.
The 29-year-old was shot dead on Thursday, August 4 by armed police operating with officers from Trident, the unit of London`s Metropolitan Police that deals specifically with gun-related murders in the black community.
He was stopped in a pre-planned attempted arrest.
A non-police issue handgun was recovered from the scene. The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which investigates all deaths involving officers said that there was no evidence of an exchange of shots.
Last Saturday`s events began with a peaceful march to Tottenham police station on the High Road from Broadwater Farm, a 1960s public housing estate that is notorious across Britain for a deadly 1985 riot.
However, within hours, rioting broke out.
"The people wanted police to know that they`re messing up," reckoned 14-year-old Dillz Shah.
His friend Jeffrey Freeman said: "The people wanted revenge for Duggan`s killing.”
James Cardelle added: "My dad thinks Duggan was a very good man, he knew him."
Duggan lived on Broadwater Farm, a collection of ugly-looking grey social housing blocks.
Youths rioted, attacking police with petrol bombs and bricks. Shots were fired at officers and a policeman was hacked to death by a mob in some of the worst urban rioting in Britain of the past 30 years.
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