55 arrested as police quell London riots

Two days of angry clashes in parts of north London have seen 26 police officers injured and some 55 arrests. It began as a peaceful protest demanding justice over the death of a 29-year-old man who was shot by police.

Mark Duggan, a father-of-four, died last Thursday. A vigil had gathered in Tottenham to commemorate him on Saturday evening.

However the march, which was initially peaceful, turned violent. Demonstrators began attacking police and setting fire to cars and buildings. The riot, which involved between 200 and 300 people, spilled out into other areas.

Several shops have been looted by the youths, some of whom were reportedly as young as seven years old.

The mobs have finally been dispersed by riot police. Officers are have been patrolling the neighborhood to prevent the crowds from gathering again.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into the death of Mark Duggan is under way.

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