Manchester riots on scale 'never witnessed before': police

10th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The rioting and looting that hit Manchester was an act of "senseless violence and senseless criminality" on a scale "never witnessed before", a senior police officer said Tuesday.

The violence, committed by people with "nothing to protest against", has brought "shame on the streets" of the city, Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan of Greater Manchester Police said.

"These are pure and simple criminals running wild tonight," said Shewan.

"They have nothing to protest against there has been no spark. This has been senseless violence and senseless criminality on a scale I have never witnessed before."

Shewan said the violence had ripped the "heart out of two great cities" and appealed to the public to "think very carefully about who they support" when the operation to catch the looters begins.

"We have extensive CCTV of all the activity that has gone on tonight. We have made it absolutely clear that as early as tomorrow morning we will be coming to make arrests," he added.

© 2011 AFP

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