Three arrested for attempted murder in London riots

9th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was hit by a car during rioting in north London overnight, police said Tuesday.

A male officer was hospitalised after being hit by a car in Brent, northwest London, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, although he is now in a stable condition. A second male officer received a minor injury in the incident.

"It is believed the injury occurred when police stopped some cars (not known how many) as their occupants were suspected of being involved in looting of a nearby electrical store," a statement from Scotland Yard said.

"It is believed the driver of one of the cars drove away injuring the police officer in the process.

"Three people were later stopped by police and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder."

Rioting swept London for a third night on Monday, as youths took to the streets looting shops, setting fire to buildings and cars.

The violence began on Saturday night in Tottenham, north London, after a local man died in a police shooting.

© 2011 AFP

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