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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Large areas of the LONDON burned as mindless thugs fought pitched battles with police

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Large areas of the capital burned as mindless thugs fought pitched battles with police, with violence spreading to West London as the windows of Hugo Boss on Sloane Square were reported smashed.

Children as young as eight were seen throwing bottles at hard-pressed officers.

The anarchy spread round the country as Birmingham was also hit by looting and violence broke out in Liverpool early today.

Police confirmed riots in Bristol amid reports of fires and looting in the city.

Meanwhile a Sony distribution centre the size of a football pitch collapsed in flames in Enfield, North London, after being hit.

PM David Cameron is flying back from holiday today after 260 arrests.

Home Secretary Theresa May and London Mayor Boris Johnson also cut short holidays as the crisis deepened.

The trouble-making rabble used social networking to organise an orgy of violence and destruction across the capital.

A rallying cry was issued to rioters on the Blackberry Messenger phone system.

It promised thugs that police would not be able to cope if they flooded on to the streets and added: "We need minimum of 200 hungry people. Who says no to free stuff."

Thousands of extra police were drafted in as shops were looted, cars torched and buildings set ablaze. Thugs also robbed innocent commuters going home.

Hackney in North London and Lewisham, Peckham, Clapham and Croydon in the south of the city bore the brunt of the mayhem.

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