Two patrol cars, a building and a double-decker bus were set ablaze Saturday as rioters clashed with police in front of the Tottenham Police Station demanding "justice" for the death of a 29-year-old who was killed in a gunfight.
The UK Guardian reported that the rioters, mostly teenagers with their faces covered with scarves flung bricks, bottles and eggs at police. They even used shopping trolleys to charge at police, who seemed as if they were heavily outnumbered, the paper reported.
It is also being reported that the violence in Tottenham, a gritty north London neighborhood, at dusk when approximately 120 people marched on the police station to express anger over the death of Mark Duggan, a local man, on Thursday.
A Metropolitan police spokesman told the British paper that trouble began when "missiles" were thrown at parked patrol cars at 8.30 p.m. the spokesman added that one was pushed, blazing, into the middle of Tottenham High Street.
Neither of the two officers who had been driving the cars were injured, according to the Guardian.
"It's really bad," said local resident David Akinsanya, 46, as reported by The Associated Press. "There are two police cars on fire. I'm feeling unsafe."
Tottenham is miles from the tourist hotspots of central London, and it is one of the most deprived areas in all of England, with nearly half of all children living in poverty, The AP reported of campaigners saying. The area is very diverse and home to one of the capital's biggest black populations.
Tottenham has a history of racial tension and negative feelings against the police, as in 1985 it was the scene of a deadly riot after a local woman suffered heart failure when her home was raided by the police. The Tottenham riots were among the most violent in the country's history, with one officer stabbed to death as he tried to protect firefighters and nearly 60 others hospitalized, the AP reported.