Fresh skirmishes break out in London

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Riot police faced off with youths in London on Monday, television pictures showed, in the third day of disorder after some of the worst rioting in the British capital in years took place at the weekend.

Scores of young people gathered in a main street in the inner-city district of Hackney, smashing up buildings and breaking into a truck that became stranded in the middle of the road, pulling out its contents, the pictures showed.

It began when police tried to carry out a stop and search operation, the BBC said, but a police spokesman could not immediately confirm the report.

Riots broke out in the north London district of Tottenham on Saturday night, following a protest against the death of a local man in a police shooting last week, and the violence spread to other parts of the city on Sunday.

The worst-hit districts -- Tottenham, Brixton in south London, and now Hackney -- are multi-ethnic areas which have high rates of unemployment.

© 2011 AFP

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