On Monday night, the rioting spread beyond Tottenham to, it seems, everywhere

Here is coverage at The Telegraph:

London riots: police lose battle as lawlessness erupts

Readers’ Comments on the above story. Many readers express amazement that the police have not used force to quell the rioters. “I am amazed that this level of violence has broken out in so many cities and the police have not called in armoured forces or the army. Britain really is a broken society.” Others reply that any policeman using force would have his career ruined, so the police do nothing. Well, isn’t that just another way of saying that Britain really is a broken society?

Birmingham hit by riots as internet campaign encourages violence

Breakdown of Monday night’s violence

Croydon residents leap from burning buildings

Finally, this (notice the account of police fleeing the rioters):

London riots: Guerrilla warfare erupts as no one knows where mob will strike next
6:30AM BST 09 Aug 2011

Parts of London that had been unscathed during the previous two nights of looting and arson were suddenly exposed to the full force of highly mobile mobs of youths intent on battling the police. On high streets across the city shopkeepers and residents prepared themselves for the attacks and attempted to protect their property and themselves.

Sunday night saw the rioting spread for the first time beyond Tottenham, with violence flaring in Edmonton, Enfield and Brixton. But yesterday the violence spread further across the capital.

The third night of rioting began shortly before 5pm in a fashionable quarter of Hackney, east London.

Hundreds of youths smashed shop windows, vandalised a bus and threw bottles and other missiles at lines of police. Later the police were forced to turn and flee as gangs of youths wearing hoods, masks and balaclavas swarmed up side streets hurling flaming logs, bricks and bottles. Barricading the roads with burning wheelie bins, they armed themselves with shards of glass.

The air filled with towering plumes of black smoke as two cars were set alight on Clarence Road and the ground shook with a loud blast as a petrol tank exploded, shooting out a ball of flame. [story continues at The Telegraph]

Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 09, 2011 02:59 AM | Send

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