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  1. 1. Thursday 4 August18:15 BST - Mark Duggan, 29, is shot dead by police at Ferry Lane, Tottenham.Saturday 6 AugustBefore 17:00 - The IPCC provides support to 14 of Mr Duggans family members and friends as theyformally identify his body.17:00 BST - Around 300 people gather outside Tottenham police station saying they want "justice" forMr Duggan and his family. Officers are forced to close the High Road and put traffic diversions inplace. Eyewitnesses report that the protest begins peacefully.20:20 BST -The violence begins as bottles are thrown at two patrol cars close to the police station.Unconfirmed reports say the incident was sparked off by a confrontation between a teenageprotester and a police officer.Riot officers from the Territorial Support Group and police on horsebackare deployed to disperse the crowds but come under attack from bottles, fireworks and othermissiles.20:45 BST - The London Fire Brigade receives its first calls to attend, no fire-fighters are injured in thedisturbances but some are threatened by rioters.22:45 BST - As the violence continues, a double-decker bus is burnt out and more petrol bombs arethrown at police and buildings. Looting is reported throughout the night and some thieves take theopportunity to load up car boots and shopping trolleys with stolen goods.The BBCs Andy Moorereports from behind police lines.
  2. 2. Sunday 7 August12:00 BST - Fire crews have all the fires under control but are still damping down some burnt-outbuildings. Scenes of crime officers begin investigating and gathering evidence. Police say 26 policeofficers were injured in the riots and two remain in hospital. In total, 55 arrests have been made.Local MP David Lammy tells reporters the community has "had the heart ripped out of it" by"mindless, mindless people", many of whom, he says, had come from outside Tottenham to causetrouble.Police condemn a wave of "copycat criminal activity" across London16:20 BST - Police announce the launch of Operation Withern to investigate the riots in Tottenham.18:28 BST - Police are called to High Street Enfield after reports shop windows are being smashed. Apolice vehicle is damaged.18:30 BST - Three police officers are injured after intervening in an altercation in Brixton, southLondon. Missiles are thrown.19:45 BST - Around 100 hooded youths gather outside Enfield Police Station.21:30 BST -The Guardian newspaper quotes a source as saying a bullet found in a police radio afterMr Duggans death was police issue.22:00 BST - More reports of shop windows being smashed in Enfield. Riot police and mounted policepatrol the streets.22:30 BST - Reports on Twitter of a police presence at Oxford Circus in Londons West End. Police latersay a mob of around 50 people damaged property in the area.Monday 8 August
  3. 3. 00:45 BST - Six fire engines and 30 firefighters are despatched to a blaze at a Foot Locker store onBrixton Road, after it is set alight. Three officers are injured after being hit by a vehicle in ChingfordMount, Waltham Forest. The officers had been making arrests after a shop was looted.Police say apolice vehicle windscreen was smashed during a disturbance in Islington and a Tesco store in PondersEnd has been vandalised and looted.02:20 BST - Scotland Yard says police are responding to copycat criminal activity across London. In astatement it says "small and mobile groups" of looters have been have been targeting areas of north,east and south London.Police say gangs of youths are continuing to attack officers and shops arebeing targeted in Waltham Forest. In Enfield, the High Street remains cordoned off after disorder inthe area was contained. The situation in Walthamstow is said to be under control after some 30youths - many in masks - vandalised and looted shops there.02:38 BST - The London Fire Brigade says firefighters have been called to a number of fires as a directresult of disturbances in the Enfield, Brixton and Walthamstow areas. Six fire engines and 30firefighters are fighting a blaze at a shop on Brixton road.06:15 BST - The Metropolitan Police say a further 100 arrests have been made and 16 people chargedin relation to disturbances overnight on Sunday.17:19 BST - Skirmishes break out between police and groups of young people in Hackney. The troublereportedly started when a man was stopped and searched by police, but nothing was found.17:39 BST - Spokesman for Mayor of London Boris Johnson says he is interrupting his family holiday toreturn to the capital to deal with the situation.18:42 BST - Transport for London says a bus has been set on fire in Peckham, south-east London.18:45 BST - Video footage from Lewisham, south London, shows a fire burning in a street where atleast one vehicle has been set ablaze.20:07 BST - West Midlands Police say some shop windows have been smashed in various locations,with property stolen.20:58 BST - Aerial footage is now showing several fires burning in Croydon, south London.21:33 BST - The Prime Minister is to cut short his holiday because the situation has "demonstrablyworsened", it is reported.21:50 BST - A BBC correspondent reports seeing a fire burning in Clapham High Street but he cant seeany police besides a police roadblock further up the road.22:42 BST - Essex and Suffolk Police confirm they have sent officers to London to assist MetropolitanPolice colleagues.23:05 BST - A BBC producer reports that phone shops are being looted in Woolwich High Street. Hesays there are several hundred youths involved, but there are no police around. There is also a burnt-out police car.
  4. 4. 23:27 BST - Rioting is taking place in Ealing, west London, where the windows of a Tesco supermarkethave been put out, a car is on fire and rubbish is strewn in public areas. There is also a fire in HavenGreen park, opposite Ealing Broadway Tube.23:30 BST - About 40 vehicles were damaged in a night of violence in Nottingham described by onesenior officer as "motivated" by the London riots. Most of the incidents happened in the St Annsarea, but police foiled an attempt to break into the Victoria Centre in the city centre. The troublelasted about three hours.23:49 BST - Labour leader Ed Miliband is returning early from his holiday in Devon because of theriots. He is due back in London on Tuesday morning.Tuesday 9 August00:45 BST - West Midlands Police confirm that a police station in Holyhead Road in Handsworth,Birmingham, is on fire.00:59 BST - Merseyside Police confirm they are dealing with a number of incidents in South Liverpool,including cars being set alight.01:05 BST - BBC staff member reports hundreds of youths ransacking a Panasonic store in West Ealing- no sign of police.01:21 BST - The Metropolitan Police issue on their current operations across London. It includes thefollowing bulletins - Hackney: 250-300 people gathered in Pembury Estate, setting alight cars andthrowing petrol bombs. Businesses in Mare Street were looted and officers contained the situation.Three officers injured but their condition is not believed to be serious. Newham: Looting in StratfordHigh Street. Lewisham: Roaming groups of youths were involved in disorder. Bethnal Green: Morethan 100 people looted a Tesco supermarket. Two officers were injured. Croydon: Fires burning at anumber of premises, including a very large blaze at a sofa factory.03:06 BST - London Fire Brigade lists the major blazes is it fighting in the capital: 1. Timber yard fireongoing in East Ham on Plashet Grove. Four fire engines and 20 firefighters on site. 2. Shoppingcentre and offices of four floors fire on Woolwich New Road. Whole of the ground floor is alight. 20firefighters attending. 3. The fire on Lavender Hill now has eight fire engines and 40 firefighters at thescene. Most of the ground floor and part of first floor alight. 4. 40 firefighters at a fire in a warehouseon Solar Way in Enfield.
  5. 5. 09:43 BST - London Fire Brigade says it faced its busiest night in recent history. The brigades 999control centre answered 2,169 calls between 18:00 BST on Monday and 07:19 BST on Tuesday. This isaround 15 times the normal rate of calls the brigade would expect on an average day.09:55 BST - The Football Association confirms that Englands friendly against Holland at Wembleytomorrow has been called off because of the rioting in London.11:06 BST - David Cameron makes his first statement outside Number 10 after cutting short hisholiday to return to London. He announces a massive increase in police numbers and the recall ofParliament.14:15 BST - Prime Minister David Cameron visits Croydon to view the devastation from Mondaysviolence and looting.14:45 BST - London Mayor Boris Johnson visits Clapham Junction to thank volunteers for clearing upthe damage and apologise to those who have lost their businesses. He is heckled by angry residentswho say there were inadequate police on the streets.15:24 BST - Scotland Yard says 525 people have been arrested in relation to the riots. Ninety-ninepeople have been charged so far - of those 63 face burglary charges.17:29 BST - The Independent Police Complaints commission says ballistic test results show noevidence that a hangun found at the scene of the fatal police shooting of Mark Duggan had beenfired.17:46 BST - Reports of rocks and stones being hurled at police vans by gangs of youths in Salford,Manchester.19:28 BST - Manchester police appeal for calm following a number of attacks by rioters on shops inManchester city centre and Salford. There are also reports of trouble in Birmingham and WestBromwich where there have been confrontations between police and gangs of youths.22:36 BST - A police station in Nottingham is firebombed by a group of rioters. In the Bootle area ofMerseyside a man is arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft after allegedly using a dumper truck tobreak into a Post Office.Wednesday 10 AugustCourts across the country stay open through the night to deal with cases
  6. 6. 00:24 BST - The Metropolitan Police say 685 arrests have been made in connection with the riotsacross London. Of these, 111 people have been charged - 69 with burglary. Greater ManchesterPolice say they made 47 arrests, Merseyside Police 35 arrests and West Midlands police 87 arrests onTuesday night following trouble in Birmingham, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.04:00 BST - Avon and Somerset Police say four people have been arrested following disorder in Bristolcity centre.05:37 BST - A murder investigation is launched in Birmingham after two men are killed and onecritically injured in a hit and run incident. The third man later died in hospital. It is not known if thedeaths were linked to the rioting.09:13 BST - A 21-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of starting a fire at the House of Reevesfurniture store in Croydon - destroyed during Monday nights rioting in London.11:15 BST - Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement from Downing Street, paying tribute topolice and the emergency services. He warns that more people will be arrested and charged. He said:"We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets." Mr Cameron also said there werecontingency plans for water cannon to be used at 24 hours notice.13:43 BST - Ministry of Justice statement says there are enough prison places for all those sentencedto custody. The Met Police release a second tranches of images of people they would like to speak toabout the recent disorder. Greater Manchester Police release a batch of CCTV images of suspectswanted in connection with the rioting and looting.14:44 BST - Scotlands First Minister, Alex Salmond, says 250 police officers have been dispatchedfrom Scotland to the Midlands and the north of England to help combat the rioting.16:31 BST - The Association of Chief Police Officers - which is co-ordinating the transfer of policeofficers, dogs, horses and other riot equipment - says six forces have requested assistance tonight.They are: Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester Police, Metropolitan Police,Nottinghamshire and West Midlands. Fifty-one forces across the UK are helping supply the extraofficers and equipment.17:59 BST: - In London, the number of people arrested in connection with violence, disorder andlooting rises to 805, with 251 charged, Scotland Yard says.18:19 BST: - Greater Manchester Polices twitter feed confirms that two men have been sentenced to10 weeks and 16 weeks over rioting.19:36 BST - Tariq Jahan, whose 21-year-old son, Haroon, died after he was run over by a car inBirmingham, has called for people not to resort to vigilantism against rioters and asked hiscommunity to stand united".21:51 BST - Scotland Yard has named the 26-year-old man who died after being found shot in a carduring riots in Croydon as Trevor Ellis, of Brixton Hill.22:03 BST - In a statement, West Midlands Police say the situation across the area is calm at themoment as 1,000 officers parade the streets.
  7. 7. 23:55 BST - Magistrates courts in London, Solihull and Manchester among others stay open throughthe night to fast track those already in custody for disorder related offences.Thursday 11 August01:50 BST - A candle-lit vigil held in Birmingham at the spot where three men were killed onWednesday night when they were hit by a car passes off peacefully. About 250 people took part.Police have been given more time to question a 32-year-old man on suspicion of murder.06:27 BST - The Metropolitan Police say the total number of arrests in London is now 888 inconnection with the rioting and looting - and of those, 371 have been charged. London and othercities affected by the recent rioting have remained largely calm overnight.10:00 BST - MPs have been recalled from their summer break for an emergency debate on the riots.10:57 BST - Housing minister Grant Shapps says 100 families have been made homeless following thedisturbances. He says he is looking at measures to prevent rioters from being given social housing.11:15 BST - The Premier League match between Tottenham and Everton at White Hart Lane,scheduled for this weekend has been postponed, amid fears of further unrest.11:30 BST - Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement to MPs in which he admits there arequestions to be answered over the shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham last week. He calls therioting "criminality, pure and simple" and says the courts will continue sitting for as long as necessaryto deal with the extra cases. He says police will be given powers to force people to remove masks andscarves covering their faces where there are reasonable grounds to believe they are planning criminalactivity. Mr Cameron also announces a £10m recovery scheme to make areas safe and clean again.11:55 BST - Labour leader Ed Miliband calls for an inquiry to look at the deeper causes of the "wantonvandalism and looting". He says the riots have been a "stark reminder" of the need for police on thestreets and he calls on the government to rethink cuts in police spending.17:02 BST - MPs are continuing their debate in the Commons - it has now been extended until 20:00to ensure everyone gets their say.18:09 BST - Scotland Yard says it has arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of robbery, inconnection with the attack on Malaysian student AsyrafHaziq. West Midlands Police says it hasarrested three men over the deaths of three people in the Winson Green area of Birmingham. A 32-year-old man arrested earlier over the case is released on bail.19:38 BST - Summing up for Labour in the Commons, shadow education secretary Andy Burnham saysParliament has spoken for the "majority" in the country in condemning the violence of the last fewdays.19:48 BST - Concluding for the government, Education Secretary Michael Gove says a "culture ofrootless hedonism" has taken root in some parts of society but the last week has shown the "worstand best of our country".20:04 BST - The debate concludes and the Commons adjourns. It will re-convene next month.
  8. 8. 21:50 BST - Metropolitan Police now say 1,009 people have been arrested in connection with the riots- and 464 have been charged so far.Friday 12 August00:22 BST - The Metropolitan Police say 1,103 people have now been arrested in connection with theriots and 654 people have been charged. Greater Manchester Police said they had so far made 147arrests and more than 70 people had already gone through the courts. Merseyside Police said theyhad made 77 arrests and charged 45 people. West Midlands Police said 445 people had been arrestedand Nottinghamshire Police said they had arrested 109 people and charged 69.The night passes offpeacefully - with officers still on the streets in large numbers.