London riots: Police ‘stood back and let protestors take over streets’


London Metro
Aug 8, 2011

Police faced criticism yesterday for their handling of the Tottenham riots before and after the worst of the violence broke out.

Senior officers were accused of failing to respond to the family and friends of Mark Duggan when they marched to Tottenham police station on Saturday evening.

And they were also accused of standing back and allowing rioters to cause havoc in the hours after.
Police had questions to answer about how the chaos could have spread, said Tottenham MP David Lammy.

One officer patrolling Tottenham High Road yesterday was challenged by an elderly resident on why the police had not been more forceful the previous night.

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