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.
Assistant chief constable Paul Scarott, who was in charge of the operation, made the following statement:
“What provoked a night of serious disorder is not clear, but I can only assume that a mindless minority may have somehow, and perversely, felt motivated by the appalling events in London in the last few days.Throughout the night officers have put themselves in harm’s way to protect the people of this city and their property in what was a fast moving and dynamic situation. Thankfully, no-one suffered any injuries – due in large part to the speed of response and the determination of my officers.
“But let me be plain. What happened last night has no justification. It was mindless, thuggish criminality, nothing more, nothing less, and it will not be tolerated. We have a significant amount of evidence to help identify and bring to book those who engaged in criminality overnight. Faces have been captured on CCTV. Forensic evidence has been obtained. There will be absolutely no hiding place for those criminals responsible and they can expect to be arrested for their actions.The most appalling, and incomprehensible aspect to last night’s events, is that the majority of those involved, we believe, live in the very community they attacked. It is their neighbour’s home, their neighbour’s car, their neighbour’s peace of mind that they violated.
“I would urge the people of this proud city – as many were doing last night on various social networking sites – to not only condemn the loutish thuggery and wanton damage, but to work with the police to help identify all those responsible.
“This is our city. Hundreds of police officers live in this city. We are your neighbours. If we work together, we will prevent any repetition of last night’s criminality.
“The terrible destruction caused to London over three nights of rioting cannot, and will not, be replicated in Nottingham, and I warn anyone who plans to get involved in any criminality tonight or in the nights to come to know that we will identify you and ensure you are prosecuted.”
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