Copycat riots cause tension in Nottingham


Nottingham has been the victim of copycat unrest following the London Riots. The worst of the damage was in the St Ann’s area of Nottingham, where a police station was petrol bombed. Across the city, 40 cars were vandalised or set on fire and houses were damaged. There were reports of sporadic looting, including smashed windows at the Victoria Centre in the heart of the city. Over 100 police officers were mobilised to gain control of the situation. As a result, a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy from the local area were arrested.

Timeline of last night’s events
Day-time: A Facebook group encouraging unrest in the city is created. Alerts on Twitter result in this group being taken down.
11:30pm: A gang of 30 people throw missiles at a marked police car in Abbotsford Drive. The group moves to JD Sports in the Victoria Centre, but flee after being confronted by police.
12:00am: 200 tyres in Gowthorne Street, New Basford, set alight.
12:30am: Police station in St Ann’s petrol bombed. Two private vehicles damaged in the rear yard of the station.
12:30-2am: Cars damaged in Kelham Green and Luther Close, St Ann’s. One car stolen in Pym Street and driven deliberately into 10 other parked cars, causing significant damage.

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