North London came under fierce attack last night by rioters following an incident where a man was shot dead by police officers in Tottenham on Thursday.
Hundreds of angry and violent mobsters took to the streets causing chaos and damage, including setting fires to police cars, shops and a double decker bus.
More than 100 hundred police officers and special riot police had to brace themselves to face the violent crowds of 500-or-more angrily protesting about the killing of young father-of-four Mark Duggan who lived on a local estate in the area.
Mark Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police officers on Thursday evening after the taxi that he was travelling in was stopped by officer.
The victim was described by police sources as a “gangster.”
The violence erupted after a crowd of more than 120 people gathered at the High Road, near to Tottenham Hotspur’s football ground at 5.30pm yesterday, where they targeted a police station, but as the anger spiralled out of control and more people joined in to the heated throng, two police cars that were being used to block the road were set alight by men wearing masks.
Soon after a shop was set ablaze and then a double-decker bus.
One witness reported seeing a bookies and jewellery shop being broken into and looted, and children were seen carrying stolen valuables out through broken glass in the front of a shops.
“It’s really bad.
“There are two police cars on fire.
“I’m feeling unsafe.
“It looks like it’s going to get very nasty.
“I saw a guy getting attacked.
“There’s a theory going on that the man who was shot had dropped his gun, but they still shot him.
“I’m hearing that most of the shops in the High Road are being burgled and robbed”, said a worried local Tottenham resident.
One Fireman at the scene said:
“We were sent to a road accident but it was the police cars burning.
“We were ordered to leave them burning and to drive off.
“I cannot believe what we have just driven through.
“It was scary.
“I am still shaking.”