Tottenham Riots

On the 4th August 2011 Mark Duggan was shot dead by police in Tottenham during an attempt to carry out an arrest in the area. Locals were infuriated by the lack of communication by police officials and began a peaceful protest marching for justice for Duggan and his family. As word spread through social media a riot erupted as hundreds more gathered and conflict arose and escalated leading to one of the worst riots seen in England in years. Much of what caused the riots related back to building fury amongst individuals within the community who were unemployed and unhappy with treatment they received from the police.


Arson attacks were carried out on post offices, police cars, local businesses and homes. Fireworks, petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at police officers with 26 being left injured. The riots quickly escalated further primarily due to spending cuts, poor policing and the feeling of social exclusion amongst the community.

The Riot Act, previously read by officials during the Lune Street Riots had now been superseded by the Public Order At 1986, which had been introduced to “abolish the common law offences of riot, unlawful assembly, affray and certain statutory offences relating to public order”. Although it was difficult for the prosecution to prove the offence of riot under section 1 of the act due to the requirement of proof of the existence of 12 or more people carrying out unlawful violence together, they were able to prosecute for violent disorder under section 2 of the act.


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