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Hooded youths spread across Nottingham in a second night of riots

In a second night of rioting in Nottingham, five police stations have been fire-bombed and violent disorder spread to extensive areas of the city. From 6pm Tuesday onwards, groups of masked and hooded youths caused over 10 hours of violent disturbance, criminal damage and arson.

The police stations at Canning Circus, The Meadows, Oxclose, Bulwell and St Ann’s all suffered exterior damage as a result of home-made incendiary devices. Shops were also targeted by groups throwing fire bombs, stones and bricks, including a jewellers in the city centre which was broken into and had several items stolen before the culprit was detained by police. House windows were smashed, and dozens of cars were set alight in residential and commercial premises, including ten police cars. Wheelie bins and skips were also set on fire and there was one report of children burning a tree.

Pre-emptive rumours of rioting had started circulating on Twitter early Tuesday afternoon and these continued throughout the night, prompting Nottinghamshire Police to launch a social media campaign to help quell false reports and keep local residents informed about true events in the city. The police provided a real-time account of how the night unfolded, and their Twitter account @nottspolice gained an extra 9000 followers overnight. A similar rise in support was seen on Facebook, and a page called “Supporting Nottinghamshire Police against the idiots trying to start riots” has now attracted nearly 6000 supporters. Throughout the night these social media platforms were used to exchange information about events unfolding, but this morning they are primarily being used by people posting messages of support and gratitude.

Three police officers were injured whilst arresting men outside the Victoria Centre, but they managed to remain on duty. Throughout the night, the police responded to approximately 600 more incidents than they normally have to deal with, leading to around 90 arrests — a figure that is expected to rise throughout today. Police presence in the city had been reinforced by off-duty officers who volunteered to help maintain order, as well as forces from across Nottinghamshire and beyond.

The eagerly anticipated football match at the city ground went ahead as planned, despite the threat of violence in the city and the stretch on police forces. The game was the first between Nottingham Forest and Notts County in almost two decades, and police later admitted that “there was much at stake and amid such tension it was possible that emotions could have spilled over”. A joint statement was read out before the game that thanked fans for their support and asked them to “go home safely and walk away from any sign of trouble.” It also urged them to report any disorder to the police. When the statement was read out to the crowd of 23,000 people, fans on both sides got to their feet and applauded. Despite the game itself being incredibly tense, no disorder was reported in relation to the game, and Superintendent Mark Holland called the fans “an absolute credit to the city of Nottingham and the county of Nottinghamshire and to every true sports fan in the country…the fans behaved impeccably.”

Timeline of last night’s events
18:00: Disorder begins with reports of rowdy behaviour in housing estates and in the city centre. Police use their Twitter and Facebook accounts to give Nottingham residents official information about disorder.
19:45: Despite similar sporting events cancelled across the country, the Nottingham Forest vs Notts County game kicks off at the City ground unaffected.
20:30: Following a disturbance at Bulwell Police Station earlier in the evening, two males, aged 18 and 17, are arrested for throwing rocks at the station. Elsewhere in Bulwell, the Blenheim pub is damaged by a group of youths.
20:40: Youths attempt to damage an off-licence in Radford
20:45: A number of youths are arrested at Nottingham High School, after a group of around 20 people make their way onto the roof of the school. A police helicopter monitors the situation and within half an hour, ten youths have been arrested for disorder offences.
20:54: The Golden Fleece pub on Mansfield Road is damaged by a group of 10 youths.
21:30pm: A man in Sherwood with 3 unused petrol bombs is arrested.
22:00: Clarendon College in Sherwood Rise is fire bombed, causing considerable damage. Cars are fire bombed on Carlton Road and Woodborough Road, Mapperley.
22:05: Canning Circus Police Station is fire bombed by a group of 30-40 males. Around 6 police officers are inside the building. They are uninjured and are able to run out of the station and detain some of those responsible.
22:30: The fire at Canning Circus Police Station is extinguished, and the scene is preserved for forensic evidence. There are no reported injuries, and damage to the building seems to be limited to smashed windows and external damage. At least 8 males are arrested in connection to the fire bombing.
23:10: Meadows Police Station is attacked by 20 men, and a police vehicle outside is set ablaze.
0:05: Six Ways community centre in Broxtowe is broken into.
01:00: Police prevent a group of males from breaking into Carphone Warehouse.
01:15: A man is arrested following a reported looting of a jewellers.
02:30: Officers turn their primary attention to the Meadows area of Nottingham.
3-5am: Some incidents, but disorder winds down.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and there were hundreds of separate incidents throughout the night.

In a message to Nottingham residents who may have woken up to find damage to their property or vehicles, police said they should contact them immediately to help them trace those responsible. They added that those with information about those who are responsible for last night’s disturbances should also get in touch. (Police: 0300 300 99 99). The police also urged local magistrates to “carry out the Prime Minister’s promise and to deliver swift punishment”.

Fiona Crosby

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20 Comments on this post.
  • Dave Jackson
    10 August 2011 at 12:04
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    Nice one guys!

  • tomgrater
    10 August 2011 at 12:09
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    The damage at Canning Cirus wasn’t too bad. According to a journalist I spoke to there he said a petrol bomb was also thrown at a car. I’ve sent over a few pics to News, unfortunately my camera isn’t great quality.

  • Sammy B
    10 August 2011 at 12:18
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    Agreed! Great article!

  • PhilW
    10 August 2011 at 12:39
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    I’m feeling rather proud of our boys in blue and the other emergency services, Thank you.
    To all the Nottingham football fans – well done on your display of decency and admirable behaviour.

  • Carlo Bruschi
    10 August 2011 at 13:47
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    This is the result of society’s worst hypocrisy: political correctness, in which we all risk of drowning.

  • Humbert Humbert
    10 August 2011 at 14:15
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    So it’s just really the parts of Nottingham that are dodgy at the best of times anyway?

  • JWM
    10 August 2011 at 14:57
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    This a good informative article. Great journalism!

  • dan
    10 August 2011 at 15:16
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  • rex johnson, jr
    10 August 2011 at 16:03
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    Why are there no photos of the rioters?

  • Frankie Wilson
    10 August 2011 at 16:28
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    In all the years I’ve been living in England, violence and robbery have been a sad fact of life.

    Random violence for the sake of it has always been around. Getting something for nothing has been a national sport around Britain.

    This is in sharp contrast to countries with strong family values, where religion continues to play a strong role in society (whether you believe in God or not is another story, we’re talking about values and a feeling of belonging here).

    Much but not all British violence is linked to alcohol and other substances.

    Mass movement from rural areas, where family values tend to be stronger and taking responsibility for one’s actions is appreciated and expected, contrasts sharply with the industrial underclass where survival and the emphasis on the individual is what counts.

    This violence reflects a warped society where some are more valuable than others; where inequality is taken for granted; and where values mean virtually nothing.

    Today’s students may well be tomorrow’s job seekers.

    So before you all continue to defend the rights of bankers and chief executives to rule the country, try and consider that it may be more cost effective and better for the individuals who make up society if we started on the long march of making every single person in this country count.

    Yes, even students of Nottingham Trent count (what I really mean is those who haven’t been fortunate to be at university).

    One way to achieve this is to promote growth (the only way to create jobs and pay off sovereign debt).

    And the best way to achieve sustainable growth is to push green energy, reducing costs which in turn can be used to create sustainable jobs.

    We can make this country a better place if we all work together.

    Not as a Marxist Soviet-style state, but as a free people who are mature enough to realise that making every person feels that s/he counts is the key.

    I say: no to egos, the individual, the selfishness of the modern, Blackberry-wielding entity, and yes to working together for the common good in a sustainable way and based on a set of values.

    And if necessary, yes, we need to have access to the batons of the state public order machine.

    But the way our society has developed over the decades cannot go on. We need change and can no longer sit on our laurels.

    You, the young people studying at the University of Nottingham, have the opportunity to take the world into your hands and mould a new set of values that we can all embrace.

    Are you up to the task?

    Only time can tell.

  • Frankie Wilson
    10 August 2011 at 16:34
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    This article is better written and has more good facts than the material in the Nottingham Evening Post, East Midlands Today and the nationals covering the regions.
    Can I add my congratulations to Fiona?

    Lord Wilson

  • john
    10 August 2011 at 16:49
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    disgusting bunch of, well i can’t really say what i think but i think you all know. who do they think they are i hope they burn like the buildings they have tourched, harsh maybe but justice won’t come round for them as the police are not doing enough for this to stop. bring back national service!!!!

  • E eVANS
    10 August 2011 at 17:42
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    P.M should be kick out public could do a better job.

  • andy duncan
    10 August 2011 at 19:04
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    Just how new is any of this? The following makes interesting reading:

    “At 9.45pm on Sunday, August 3, a gang of youths from North Manchester went to war.
    Armed with knives and heavy-buckled belts, they left their regular stamping ground and marched for a mile-and-a-half to meet their enemy.
    Their grim determination drew stares from bystanders along the way, but apart from the odd cry of defiance, none dared intervene. For when the armed mob from Harpurhey arrived at their destination, a pub in the Ancoats area of the city, the purpose of their mission became apparent.
    There, gathered round the door, stood a cluster of members of the Bengal Tigers, the most notorious gang in Manchester, named after the street in which most of them lived. Within seconds, the opposing gangs charged at each other, swinging the heavy buckle ends of their thick leather belts above their heads. Several of the youths fell to the ground. One, who caught a blow to the head with a belt, felt his right eye haemorrhage, just weeks after he had lost the use of his left eye in a previous street fight. Those still standing pulled out their knives and plunged the blades into the necks, shoulders and backs of a dozen or so gang members. The wounds, like the confrontation itself, were carefully planned; the purpose was to maim and disfigure, not kill. Within minutes the fight was over. The gang had achieved what they came for and quickly dispersed into groups of two or three to make them less conspicuous on their walk home.

    The bloody, vicious encounter might well have occurred in any of Britain’s major cities on a typical weekend last summer in ‘knife-crime Britain’.
    In fact, it took place more than a century ago in 1890 and heralded the explosion of Britain’s violent youth gangs. And like the knife-wielding hooligans of today, the Victorian subculture prompted revulsion and moral panic among the law-abiding public. The organised gang stabbings were known as scuttles; their perpetrators were scuttlers. Scuttling, according to a social commentator of the time, Alexander Devine, was fighting between two gangs – typically of boys aged 14-19 – using weapons.

    In an article he wrote for the Manchester Guardian, Devine attributed scuttling to four major causes – most of which will be familiar to today’s law-enforcement agencies. He found that lack of parental control, lack of discipline in schools, base literature (such as the sensationalist ‘penny dreadful’ novels about pirates and highwaymen) and the monotony of life in Manchester’s slums were to blame for the urban guerilla warfare swamping not just Manchester but Liverpool and Birmingham as well. But the trend undoubtedly began in Manchester, the world’s first industrial conurbation, dubbed the ‘chimney of the world’ because by 1870 it boasted 1,600 textile works with their chimneys belching out steam and smoke. There, at the hub of England’s Industrial Revolution, the gulf between rich and poor was marked with overcrowding, squalid living conditions and the proliferation of the slums.

    Those who worked in the factories were typically young men, separated from their parents, living in lodging houses – so overcrowded they were merely a place to sleep, with everyday living taking place on the street. Against such a backdrop, with no real place to call home or parents restricting them, it is little wonder the city’s youthful workforce found themselves with time on their hands and little to do at the weekend.
    For many, says Andrew Davies in his new book The Gangs Of Manchester, scuttling filled the void. Along with the physical exertion of fighting, it created allegiances and communities and injected an excitement into otherwise drab lives. Scuttling was not just about the combat itself. It came with its own fashions, trademark tools and, of course, female followers. The Ancoats scuttlers wore pointed clogs (not just ornamental, but aggressively functional) and bell-bottomed trousers measuring 21 inches at their widest. The flaps of their coat pockets were cut into peaks and buttoned down, and they wore flashy silk scarves around their necks. Members of the gang were further identified by their long fringes, worn in a parting and pasted down on to the forehead over the left eye. Over the top they wore peaked caps, tilted to the left to show off their lopsided fringes. Different gangs adopted different distinguishing clothes and hairstyles, but one thing they all had in common was their weapon of choice. Aside from knives, all carried buckled belts. The brass buckle, usually three inches across, was the most dangerous part of the belt and a blow from it could easily fracture a man’s skull. The belt was the scuttler’s most prized possession and he would wind the end of it around his arm to prevent it from being snatched from him during a fight. He took pride in the design of his belt, many included serpents, a heart pierced with an arrow, the name of the wearer or a woman. For three decades, beginning in the late 1860s, scuttlers terrorised Manchester.

    The first groups, all built along territorial allegiances and typically named after the streets in which their members lived, began emerging in the late 1860s. By 1872, Manchester City Council was alarmed by the increase in violent crime and feared the city’s reputation was at stake. Nor was the feuding confined to city boundaries. A year earlier groups of scuttlers had crossed the River Irwell to neighbouring Salford, prompting young men there to form their own gangs in order to thwart the Manchester menace. Not content just to fight each other, the gangs stood on street corners, knocking hats off women who refused to succumb to their charms in a practice known as ‘bonneting’, where a hat would be knocked to the ground and trodden on, to whoops of delight from the gang. Huge swathes of the city became no-go areas and in those parts where gangs did prevail, no one was safe and every young man was expected to join.
    In 1873, a young Sunday School attendee named Thomas Inglis refused repeated entreaties to join his local gang, the King Street lads, in an act of defiance that almost cost him his life. One Sunday, on his way home from Sunday School, the 18-year-old was ambushed by a mob of 20 scuttlers.
    Thomas was struck by the buckle end of a belt, punched by another of the pack and set upon by a group carrying stones tied into the ends of handkerchiefs. As he fell to the ground, he was surrounded and beaten. Only when the blows ceased did he manage to crawl home.
    There, however, there was no respite as the mob followed him, their ranks swelled by the addition of some local urchins. Fearing for his sibling’s life, Thomas’s brother handed him an iron-handled fire rake to defend himself. The youth threw the rake into the crowd, whereupon it ricocheted off the paving stones, bounced up and lodged in the skull of a ten-year-old boy. The boy died later that night and Thomas Inglis was arrested and charged with murder. Only his good character and the post-mortem test results, which revealed the angle of the rake’s impact and proved it had bounced off the paving stones, spared Thomas from the hangman’s noose.
    Convictions for scuttlers were few and far between and even when sentences were handed down they did little to deter further outbreaks, acting instead as badges of honour. Gangs were extraordinarily difficult to police, their operations spread over a vast area, and officers often only pinpointed scuttles when they were over and the perpetrators dispersed and protected by their neighbours. When the Harpurhey mob attacked the Bengal Tigers on August 3, 1890, it resulted in three penal sentences for the Harpurhey ringleaders, ranging from 12 months to five years.
    Victorian prison was not for the fainthearted and along with solitary confinement, inmates were subjected to the treadmill, a giant wheel powered by the prisoners. So demanding was the physical effort required for a day’s work on the treadmill that it was not uncommon for men to fall off in exhaustion and be crushed. Nevertheless, scuttling continued and by the end of August 1890 MPs were calling for the reintroduction of flogging, as no other deterrent seemed to be working. The years 1890-91 are regarded as the height of scuttling. When Joe Brady, an 18-year-old member of the Bengal Tigers, was killed on February 5, 1887, by a mob from the opposing Angel Meadow gang, a series of violent clashes ensued. Brady had been targeted after he humiliated an Angel Meadow member in a fight two weeks before, and, it is thought, because he stole one of the opposing gang’s girlfriends. When the Angel Meadow mob finally caught up with him, late in the evening of February 5, at least five of them felled Brady and plunged knives into him. Their leader, Owen Callaghan, snarled ‘Let’s finish him’ just before Brady was struck a fatal blow to the heart.
    The two gangs spent the next few years in a series of tit-for-tat encounters, with the Tigers trying to avenge Brady’s death and the Meadow Lads targeting those who had given evidence against them in trials that followed the original murder.
    By 1890, it was thought more youths were held in Strangeways Prison for scuttling than any other offence and when another gang member was killed in Ancoats in 1892, the cry for something to be done became deafening. Not content with just knives and belt buckles, gang members began collecting broken bottles before fights ‘because they hurt more’. Part of the problem, of course, was that although gang captains of Victorian Manchester were castigated in courtrooms and demonised by the Press, they were feared and admired among their own. One in particular, John Joseph Hillier, earned the reputation as King of the Scuttlers when a newspaper reported his attack on a fellow ‘captain’ in 1893 just weeks after being released from prison. The headline read: ‘A candidate for the Salford Scuttling Championship: Grand Form.’ Hillier was still defending his unofficial title in 1899, but for most of the scuttlers the practice began to decline by 1897, with huge numbers of perpetrators languishing behind bars, not yet halfway through their five-year sentences.
    By the turn of the century the gangs had all but disappeared, due in part to the demolition of some of the city’s worst slums, but due also to a growing concern about the state of urban youth after calls for recruits to the Boer War found only 10 per cent of applicants fit for service. Working lads’ clubs were established across the slum areas, offering boisterous camaraderie, organised activities and a sense of belonging that extended beyond the confines of the street. Thus a new generation of youths were introduced to more peaceable pastimes just at the point when many of the gang stalwarts who might have recruited them were incarcerated and prison sentences were becoming more severe. On top of that, the spread of street football and the advent of the cinema gave youngsters at the turn of the last century something more productive to do with their time than scuttling. But as anyone who is involved in youth crime or social work today will attest, the legacy of those early Mancunian violent youths is still prevalent today in our major industrial centres. ”

    From “Gangs of Manchester: The Story Of The Scuttlers, Britain’s First Modern Youth Cult by Andrew Davies ”

    Just imagine in those days if you had had the instant media and communications of today. The same elements of poverty, poor parenting, lack of opportunity, and a huge wealth gap that exist now were all there then and produced the same gang culture prevalent in much of the rioting we see now. The “feral rats” of today were all in existence 120 years ago. The only difference now is the degree of alienation they feel, and which is the result of the promotion of consumerism above all else. When that is the only aspiration given to people don’t be suprised if some decide to take for themselves what so many others appear to have. It’s not right or justifiable, and not everyone who is deprived goes down that road, but until we have a society where the mere aquisition of material wealth is not the only goal worth aspiring to ………..there will always be some who do.

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  • sarahmthomas
    10 August 2011 at 22:08
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    The police force ARE doing a good job, but they need harsher punishments, On the news it said about a group of 10 individuals that torched down a building in london, were just given a small fine! They should be given at the very least 10 years in prison! They could’ve killed someone. I bet if they got the army in those rioters would stop within a couple of hours!

  • Tom Clements
    10 August 2011 at 23:08
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    Inner city youths – many of whom have been failed by our dire education system, grow up in single-parent families, have no job prospects and live in dilapidated slums – just the see this as a great opportunity to rob shops like Foot Locker and JD Sports with impunity (after all, they stand to lose nothing). It’s not politically-motivated whatsoever; it’s a desperately sad reflection of the state of our society.

  • dan
    11 August 2011 at 00:45
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    well I suppose This Is England.

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    11 August 2011 at 12:15
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    Check this out fohttp://www.bestthinking.com/thinkers/science/social_sciences/sociology/mike-sutton?tab=blogr explantaion – and you were cited too.

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