Rioters have pelted police with missiles and set businesses and cars alight as looters roamed streets in cities across the UK, leaving a trail of destruction.
Violence has spread throughout major English cities
Here is a list of some of the worst-hit areas in the London and across England, where hundreds of people have now been arrested in connection with the unrest:
:: Hundreds of riot police poured into the streets as thugs went on a rampage, setting cars alight, smashing shop-fronts and hurling rubbish bins and trolleys at officers.
:: Officers with dogs charged at rioters throwing bottles in Clarence Road, where a car had been set alight.
:: Many shop-fronts were damaged including branches of Ladbrokes, Boots and JD Sports.
:: Police armoured vehicles deployed in Ealing in the early hours, Sky’s Simon Newton witnessed, as police sought to quell unrest after looting in Ealing Broadway.
Jo-Ann Scott, from quiet residential street, woke to find two men in her bedroom who had smashed in her front door during the riots.
:: Petrol bombs were thrown at police officers as youths gathered in Lewisham town centre.
:: Shops have been damaged and looted.
:: All buses that were going to the area were cancelled.
:: Onlookers said they feared for their lives and described the scenes as a “war zone” as bandana-wearing youth wreaked havoc on the streets.
:: Fireworks were thrown at police as they tried to disperse the crowd.
:: A bus was on fire outside the fire station.
:: A witness told how they saw a thug hurl a brick at an officer, hitting him in the back.
:: Television footage showed a furniture store, a local landmark in business since 1867, completely engulfed in flames. “My life is destroyed,” one of the owners told Sky News.
:: A 26-year-old man was shot in Warrington Road, Croydon junction with Dupass Hill. The man was inside a car when police found him.
He was taken to a south London hospital where he remains in a serious condition. Two other people, believed to be in their late twenties, were also at the scene. They were arrested for handling stolen goods and taken to a south London police station.
Detectives from Operation Trident are investigating.
:: Sky reporter Mark Stone was on the ground in Clapham Junction when he captured video on his mobile phone showing a gang of youths breaking in to shops on Lavender Hill.
Asking one looter why she was stealing, she told Stone: “I’m getting my taxes back.”
Police deploy armoured vehicles to quell unrest.
:: A massive fire engulfs a Sony warehouse in Enfield in a blaze that raged before and after midnight.
:: Police in Birmingham arrested around 100 people after rioters and looters rampaged across the city centre.
The city’s main retail area, the Bullring, closed its doors early in anticipation as hundreds of youths gathered nearby.
Shoppers and city workers looked on as windows and doors at scores of shops, including sportswear and mobile phone stores, were smashed by gangs.
Jewellery and computer stores on the city’s High Street were attacked by youths with hats, scarves and hoods covering their faces, while shops in New Street, Corporation Street and Temple Row were also hit.
A total of 34 patients were treated by ambulance crews and 11 people were taken to hospital.
Members of the England cricket team, whose Test match against India is due to start at the city’s Edgbaston ground on Wednesday, tweeted about the outbreak of violence.
Bowler Tim Bresnan said on his Twitter account: “Just seen the rioters in Birmingham fleeing down the main street followed by a load of police in the full get up. What’s going on?”
:: Youths were still rampaging in parts of Liverpool as daylight broke, with police dealing with isolated outbreaks of violence from the city centre through Toxteth, Dingle and Wavertree.
Members of the public were told to avoid the Smithdown Road, Upper Parliament Street, Lodge Lane and Lawrence Road.
A crowd of around 300 people, many of whom were youths with their heads and faces covered, were seen in the north of the city stopping cars, pulling people out and setting fire to the vehicles.
And a mob of more than 100 people wearing hoods and masks marauded down Princes Road, in Toxteth, setting cars on fire and setting off fireworks.
A stand-off developed between police and around rioters on Admiral Street, close to a police station, with youths throwing objects including a golf club, bottles, cans and sticks.
:: More than 150 young rioters caused disruption in areas of St Paul’s and Stokes Croft, the scene of rioting earlier this year amid anger over a new Tesco store.
Avon and Somerset police, who made four arrests, urged people to avoid the city centre after a number of shops and vehicles were damaged.