DTN News - LONDON RIOTS NEWS: London Violence Raises 2012 Olympic Concerns
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada / LONDON, U.K. - August 11, 2011: British police on Monday promised a "momentous operation" to arrest rioters after a weekend of vandalism and looting that erupted in a disadvantaged London neighborhood just miles (kilometers) from the site of next year's Olympic Games.
A police officer keeps pedestrians from crossing into a crime scene after overnight looting in Brixton, south London August 8, 2011. British police arrested more than 100 people overnight in London after shops were looted and officers attacked in a second night of violence that followed some of the worst disorder seen in the capital for years.
Groups of masked and hooded young people looted shops, attacked police officers and set fire to vehicles in violence that has raised questions about security ahead of the 2012 Olympics and revealed pent-up anger against the city's police. Over 160 people were arrested.
Around 35 police officers were injured, including three hit by a car while trying to make arrests in northeast London. Police commander Christine Jones said officers were "shocked at the outrageous level of violence directed against them."
"This has changed from a local issue into organized criminality," police deputy assistant commissioner Steve Kavanagh said Monday as he announced a "momentous investigation" to track down the perpetrators.
"We will make sure that this criminality is not allowed to continue," Kavanagh told Sky News.