Police cars torched in London unrest

7th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Two police cars were on Saturday set ablaze in north London following a protest over the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man in an armed stand-off with officers.

The patrol cars were torched as dozens gathered outside the police station on the High Road in Tottenham.

A spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police said missiles were thrown at the vehicles.

"One was set alight and one was pushed into the middle of the High Road," he said.

Officers were being dispatched to disperse the crowd, he added.

The unrest occurred following a march from Broadwater Farm, a 1960s public housing estate in Tottenham.

The estate is widely known in Britain following the 1985 killing of Police Constable Keith Blakelock, who was hacked to death during a riot there.

Tottenham is an ethnically-diverse urban area best known for its English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur.

© 2011 AFP

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