A number of riot incidents broke out in Liverpool on Monday night, as hundreds of people took to the city’s streets in the wake of the disturbances which spread across London and other parts of the UK.

 

Cars were set alight and a number of objects, including bricks and bottles, were said to have been thrown by those involved, as Merseyside Police confirmed that they were dealing with “a small number of violent incidents across the city”, in a statement released in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

 

Youths and adults gathered and threw missiles at

police vans on Lodge Lane, while officers on Smithdown

Road were forced to flee from their vehicles after a mob

surged towards them, amid scenes which echoed the

infamous Toxteth riots of 1981.

 

Police advised members of the public to avoid Lodge

Lane, Upper Parliament Street and Smithdown Road, but

incidents flared extending as far as Myrtle Street in the city

centre, where a Tesco Express supermarket was looted.

 

The BBC reported that youths apparently as young as 10

years' old were stealing bottles of alcohol from one store.

 

Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Ward

said: "We will not tolerate any violence on the streets of

Liverpool and have taken swift and robust action in

response. We will work hard to ensure the people

involved in the incidents are brought to justice.

 

He added: "Merseyside Police has good links with

communities across the region and over the last two days

we have worked closely with residents to assess tensions

within the community. We will continue to work with

community leaders across the region to ensure an

appropriate response to any incidents."

 

Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana Berger,

expressed her outrage via Twitter, saying: “To the

mindless idiots starting fires in our streets, go home.

Fire kills. This is not acceptable.”

 

The unrest followed three nights of violence in London, where wide-scale looting and a number of large fires broke out across the capital. The riots in London first began on Saturday evening following a protest in Tottenham over the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan.

 

Riots erupted in other London districts before reports of disturbances emerged in Birmingham, and then Liverpool at around 10pm on Monday.

Shock as London riots spread to Liverpool

By Jonathan Birchall, Managing Editor

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