Prince Harry visits English riot fire crews

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Britain's Prince Harry paid a visit Thursday to firefighters who tackled blazes during last week's riots in the northwestern English city of Manchester.

The prince, third in line to the throne, met fire crews at Salford Fire Station who were sent in to deal with a wave of arson, violence and looting on August 9 as riots broke out in cities across England.

The 26-year-old helicopter pilot toured the fire station's engine room, meeting volunteers and young fire cadets.

The army captain's visit comes the day after his father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla met families left homeless by the riots in London, as they toured violence-scarred neighbourhoods such as Tottenham, Hackney and Croydon.

Charles, whose Prince's Trust charity has worked for 35 years to improve the lives of disadvantaged youngsters, said society had to deal with the "real causes" rather than the "symptoms" of England's worst civil unrest in decades.

© 2011 AFP

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