Londons Burning

London’s Burning

The Nationwide Madness , first accrued on the 7th of August 2011, after a protest in Tottenham following the death of Mark Duggan , who was shot dead by police earlier that month.

The violence erupted when large numbers of police arrived to disperse the demonstration. Violent clashes with the police broke out along with the destruction of numerous police vehicles, along with the magistrates’ court and a double Decker bus various civilian homes and businesses became the targets of vandalism and arson. Looting accrued throughout the night in TottenhamHaleRetailPark and Wood Green.

The next day similar scene were to spread across London, with rioting violence and looting taking place in Hackney, Brixton, Chingford, Peckham, Enfield, Croydon, Ealing, East Ham and Battersea.

From the 8th until the 10th of August other cities and small towns in England witnessed what was described by the media as copy cat violence, with rioting and looting taking place nationwide including Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol.

The cause of the madness was strongly debated across various media platforms throughout the duration of the rioting, media speculation was often focused on the youth of today and underlying social tension, this caused further controversy as the riots seemed almost glorified, by various media institutions.

The British Prime Minister David Cameron returned early from a holiday in Italy to attend the matter. All police leave was cancelled and Parliament was recalled on the 11th of August to debate the situation.

As of the 15 of August 2011 roughly 3,100 arrests had been made of whom over 1,00 had been charged, Arrests, Charges and court proceedings still continue, with some of the most serious cases including charges for murder.

Along with 5 deaths at least 16 others were critically injured as a direct result of the violent acts. An estimated £200 million worth of property damage was incurred, and national economic activity was significantly compromised.

The riots have generated significant ongoing debate among political, social and academic figures in regards to the causes and context in which they happened.

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This assignment tought me how to right a short journalistic piece for an online article. I learnt that the article needs to be fairly concise, as online readers tend to not read as many in depth articles. I also learnt more about the articles subject through my research, this was intresting as it was a fairly recent event.


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