Following the Croydon shooting and murder of Trevor Ellis who was shot dead in Duppas Hill Road and whose death has led to arrests in Brixton Hill, South London, after the riots that rocked the capital London.
In what was the first known death of the Riots, police have been working round the clock to identify and arrest those responsible for the murder of Trevor Ellis, who suffered a fatal shot to the head in Croydon during the riots.
The two men who have now been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Trevor Ellis have not been named.
The 26 year old who was a father of four children, was savagely murdered after a car chase, and became the riots first fatality, though sadly not the last casualty. By the end of the London and England riots at least 5 people had been murdered, and further deaths may still occur as a direct result of the riots.
Mr Ellis had suffered the gunshot wound to the head in Croydon, south London, on Monday night 08/08/2011. He died the next day from his injuries.
Scotland Yard have confirmed that one of the suspected killers, a 26 year old man, has been arrested in Mitcham, south London yesterday. Police were supported by armed officers from CO19, and the man remains in custody at a south London police station, where he is being questioned.
A 24 year old was also arrested in Brighton, and he has been bailed to return on 12 September, pending further police inquiries.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson has said that initial inquiries have suggested Mr Ellis, of Brixton Hill, south London, had travelled to Croydon with friends to loot.
At some point the group Mr Ellis was with had become involved in an altercation with a group of approximately nine individuals, and it is thought that words were exchanged, and possibly some minor violence.
The altercation then culminated in a high speed vehicle pursuit which involved three vehicles which passed into Duppas Hill Road, Croydon, where the victim was shot, receiving a serious head injury, which proved fatal.
Detectives are now appealing for witnesses to the pursuit which involved a dark estate car, a silver hatchback and a dark hatchback, in which Mr Ellis was one of the passengers.
It should be made clear that at this time the full details of the case are not known, and exactly what happened may not be known by police for some time, while it is being investigated.
Shootings on members of the general public are rare in London, although not unheard of. Knife and Violent crime is a definite problem, and David Cameron has recently accepted that there is a serious Gang Problem in the capital, and infact around the UK.
Because of all the violence, killings, rioting and general disorder David Cameron has appointed Bill Bratton, a tough U.S supercop to advise him on controlling crime in the UK. THe streets of the UK have now calmed a great deal over the past couple of days, and the worst of the mayhem appear to be behind us.
The first murder of the riots, a man has been murdered and was found in a car with bullet wounds, including one to the head. It is thought that he had travelled to the area with friends to riot, but that his group had an argument with another group and shots were fired. The dead man has not been named and police are investigating. Boris Johnson London mayor is attending the scene, and to view the other destruction.
Information suggests that a violent altercation culminated in a vehicle pursuit which involved three vehicles which commenced in Scarbrook Road, Croydon, and passed along the A232 flyover into Duppas Hill Road where the victim was shot.
10/08/2011 – Three men sadly died overnight when they were hit by a car in Birmingham, which has suffered another night of violence. Locals has said that they were protecting their neighbourhood.
09/08/2011 – 18:00 hrs – Major new disturbances in Birmingham, 100 riot police and 200 vandals in the centre. Also in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich. There are riots in Salford Manchester now also.
09/08/2011 – Violence did spread to Bristol and also riots in Liverpool and other cities as well as London. A terrible night of violence and looting in Birmingham. Residents appear shaken and the damage is immense. Police are out on the streets keeping order. Residents report their anger, fear, and also appreciation for the Police protecting them.
Police Station in Handsworth, Birmingham was set ON FIRE, a police station in Birmingham has been set alight. Liverpool is also seeing riots in 2011. The London anarchy is spreading throughout the UK it appears.
08/08/2011 - In Birmingham the riots from London have spread, The Adidas Shop, Jd sports, Footlocker, Primark were all damaged or looted. The Birmingham rioting in B1 and surrounding areas in the West Midlands has come as a surprise, and there is a fear that rioting will spread to other areas such as Bristol. The second shooting of the riots has been reported in Croydon, London. A man was shot dead in a car in a Croydon shooting.
Rioting erupted in Birmingham, with shop windows being smashed and stores being looted Police struggled to contain the mayhem and they described the criminals as mindless thugs.
The police station in Handsworth, which is nearly three miles out of the city centre, was set on fire, this was confirmed by the Police. Teams from across the West Midlands were scrambled to Handsworth and the centre of the city.
Many shops were damaged including a city centre McDonald’s restaurant and also the Armani store at the Mailbox shopping centre, where criminals gained access and looted many high value items.
Police have confirmed that over 100 people have been arrested, many of them juveniles, who should of been at home with mum and dad.
At least eleven people have been taken to a number of hospitals in the city, one Hospital reported a fight between two gangs, which resulted in the stabbing of two men.
The disturbances had initially started during the early evening, though this died down for a while and it appeared trouble had been averted.
Later in the evening of 8th August 2011, at around 23:45 hrs, West Midlands Police confirmed that the police station in Holyhead Road was on fire, and that there were hundreds of youths and rioters in the area.
Police have been monitoring Twitter for intelligence on planned attacks.
The West Midlands Police force also reported that some of its cars had come under attack on Holyhead Road, and a large number of vehicles, both police and civilian had been set alight.
The Ambulance service have confirmed that they have been called to 24 incidents, mainly treating people who had been assaulted by the gangs. The violence in Birmingham appears to be worse that London, with gangs openly targeting innocents.
Injuries received include cuts, stabs, bruises to the head and body and a dislocated knee. There were some reports of gunfire and car thefts and hijackings.
Police have now urged parents to contact their children and get them to return home, as there are many youths on the streets, and mixed with alcohol which has been looted the situation turned very nasty, with widespread criminal activity around Birmingham.
The violence in Birmingham has followed a third evening of rioting across London, with police stretched and tired, along with a number of major fires being lit and also stores being looted in a number of areas. The London riots are the worst riots for over a hundred years.
West Midlands Police also confirm that four people have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, another four for violent disorder and just one for a breach of the peace.
The Pandora jewellers shop in Birmingham city centre was attacked last night, and many thousands of pounds of gold silver and precious items were taken.
The West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe has said that she still has a significant number of officers in Birmingham city centre, and that preparations are being made for another night of violence on the 09/08/2011.
There are still outbreaks of violence at 10:00 hrs on the 9th August, and looting of shops is still taking place, though this is mainly individuals chancing their luck.
Ms Rowe said officers have been working with the council and emergency services to formalise a policing operation, and a plan for the coming days. A no tolerance attitude is expected to be approved and implemented.
Police officers are now controlling access on some of the routes into Birmingham to avoid outside influences who appear to be travelling to the city today 09/08/2011.
A heavy police presence had been seen in the city from late yesterday afternoon and some shops in the city centre had closed early yesterday amid rumours that trouble may break out, some boards went up over windows. Police had the intelligence and made preparations for the potential trouble.
A reporter Grant Sherlock had said that the window of Mills City Express store, in Colmore Row, had been smashed by youths wielding a bin. And that he was threatened at one point by hooded rioters and forced to hand over valuables.
Motorcycles and cars were vandalised and burned, and some members of the public engaged in fighting with masked men, in self defence. People fled, their lives in danger. Some people were just watching in disbelief.
Vans of police in riot gear were evident over central Birmingham and they engaged looters and rioters.
Jessops store in Temple Row was broken into and valuable cameras and electrical equipment were taken from inside.
In New Street the front window of the Adidas store was smashed and many empty coat hangers littered the street outside.
All clothes have been taken out the Armani store, which appeared to be one of the favourite targets.
Chris Scrivens, a witness has said that youths have been running amok in the grounds around the cathedral. Drinking shouting and exchanging loot.
Police in riot gear were positioned in several parts of the city centre and they were advising onlookers to get off the streets, and to go home.
Police have asked people to think twice before calling emergency services with non-urgent calls due to the high demand for services at this time.
Shabana Mahmood who is the Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood has said that what has happened is mindless criminality.
A Councillor Paul Tilsley who is the deputy leader of the city council has confirmed that the authority would be making every effort as possible from first light on Tuesday 09/08/2011 to clear up any damage and police would bring normality back to the city.
Paul has said to retailers, workers and shoppers alike that the city remains open for business and encourages them to come in as normal today.
Wolverhampton city centre? some reports say there may be trouble there as well. These riots follow the rioting in London in places like Enfield which is still ongoing, and the more serious riots in Hackney. Clapham is also being affected now.
Reports are that attackers have smashed a number of shop windows and have stole property in B1, Birmingham, West Midlands.
Police have confirmed that the first sign that riots that have gripped London in recent days have now spread beyond Britain’s capital.
A number of premises in the center of Birmingham have been attacked with some shop windows smashed and property stolen in a number of locations
West Midlands police said in a statement that the situation so far is under control, and it seems to be a concerted effort by a large number of people, maybe 200 in all.
In London things have been deteriorating fast. This is bigger than Tottenham and damage will reach at least £500 million if not a great deal more. Anarchists gangs looters and other criminals have descended on many areas of London, which is in a state of chaos at the moment.
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09/08/2011 12:50 hrs – Another night of violence and mayhem seems to be set after reports in Hackney suggest that business’ are shutting up and have been told to get out ASAP by the local Bill as youths are starting to congregate at Hackney Wick Station.
09/08/2011 Morning – London has suffered yet another night of brutal violence, looting, burglaries, and other crimes on Monday night, with unrest starting in Hackney during the afternoon, and escalating into a massing of hundreds of rioters. The second shooting of the unrest has happened, in the Croydon shooting a man has been killed in a car.
The unrest quickly spread to areas such as Peckham, Croydon and Clapham Junction, which was badly affected and suffered extensive damage. At least 14 civilians have been injured, and many Police officers.
This comes as Bristol Birmingham and Liverpool are suffering riots. The London anarchy looks set to continue into a fourth night.
Looters and Anarchists have been smashing up businesses and taking whatever they can get their hands on, jewels, high value electrical items and clothing are just a few items which have been looted. Banks have been broken into.
More arson and properties have been set on fire through the night. Residents were reported to be fighting Anarchists as they tried to defend their property from vandals.
This violence has been met with widespread disbelief, anger, and a commitment to fight back against the mayhem by the Police and professional serviced. Over 16,000 Police will be on the streets of London tonight after being drafted in from around the UK.
Londoners are worried as the police and politicians struggle to bring order to the capital’s streets, which have been in disorder for three consecutive nights.
During Monday night there were reports of resistance to the mayhem from locals, and small pockets of resistance to the violence emerged in communities over London. One report showed Turkish shop keepers defending their businesses by force, and then chasing off the rioters on Kingsland High Street in east London, which was badly hit by looting and arson.
The London Riots are now beyond a joke, and someone will die unless order can be restored. Many black and white youths, violent gangs and other criminals have made an attack on police in Hackney and in Peckham fires have been started. There was one particularly nasty attack on a member of the public by a group of black youths in Hackney.
It is truly a multi cultural uprising with youths and men of all ages nationalities and colours. All criminals, though what has caused them to do this remains to be seen, there are many theories.
Police stop and search tactics are said to of sparked todays riots.
In Enfield there is looting and Brixton is also rebelling. There has been robbery in Walthamstow and mass destruction across the capital. Protect yourself stay safe, our thoughts are with London.
The madness needs to stop.
This rioting is out of hand now… to begin with I could even joke about a bit of looting, no one was killed, some minor injuries, no serious harm done, now I just feel sick and disgusted that people are doing this.
Some have said it is black gangs, that is true, but there are many youths and elders doing this from white black and even now asian communities, no one part of the wider community is to blame.
I think the government now need to declare an emergency and get a civilian force down there now to deal with the mess. Citizens must be encouraged in future to form stronger neighbourhood watch schemes, to tackle problems in their area.
The government need to act now and support the Police, the politicians need to make decisions, which the Police cannot. Maybe the army needs to be sent in also. Numbers are needed at the moment.
I dont like to say it but home owners you are fucked if you live in London. I feel sorry for residents.
Barracade yourself inside, start playing baseball. I feel for everyone in London tonight. Bastards that is all I can say. The rioting bastards.
Sometimes I think citizens need guns, but then I think straight and know its wrong. It is just sad when a man cannot protect himself and his family.
If i was in London now I would want to be with my friends, strength in numbers. Someone will die tonight I can see it.
It is mayhem. London needs closing down on the streets, and people need advice, real advice, from professionals. The Government need to take action, and the streets need to be safe.
09/08/2011 – Over forty firefighters are now tackling a large blaze at a Sony warehouse in Enfield, started by arsonists and looters during the night.
There was also a shooting in Croydon, a man was shot dead in a car.
The building is a Sony CD distribution centre, and erupted in flames just before midnight last night then partially collapsed, according to a London Fire Brigade spokesman.
Witnesses have described how they saw a gang of around 20 looters leaving the warehouse which is located in Solar Way, north east Enfield. They were laden with electrical goods which where taken before the fire took hold.
The LFB spokesman also confirmed that the Brigade had been called just before midnight to a warehouse in Solar Way, and the operation is ongoing.
It took eight fire engines and around 40 firefighters a number of hours to bring the fire under control, and is still smouldering now.
There were over 200 people who had been staying at the Premier Inn hotel next door to the distribution centre and they had to be evacuated as the blaze took hold.
Paul Lewis, a journalist, has reported that large plumes of smoke could be seen coming from the 70 metre building which had partially collapsed, and that the situation was dire.
There is evidence that the rioting is spreading in all directions, and no part of London is safe at this time. Calls for the army to intervene have been rejected by the Prime Minister.
One man called Tommy told how he saw a number of looters leaving the warehouse with many different electrical goods as the building was burning.
He was punched and beaten by the culprits as they fled the scene, he did not require hospital treatment.
08/08/2011 22:27 hrs – There are still instances of rioting but Enfield has not suffered as much as last night. Lewisham Peckham Croydon, and many other areas of London and Birmingham are being hit badly. Some reports have suggested riots in Wigan.
In Enfield there is violence and a riot the second in London during the past few days. 2011 has seen a number of riots like the student riots, and a number of violent marches by extreme organisations.
08/08/2011 – The Police have strongly condemned what has been a wave of copycat criminal activity which has broken out across London in what was a second night of looting and disorder following the riots in Tottenham.
Affected areas include Coldharbour Lane and the High Street in Brixton, south London, where a Foot Locker shop, William Hill, Vodafone, Marks & Spencers and other premises were burned and looted. Waltham Forest, east London saw arrests and violence. In London anarchy appears to be the law now.
Walthamstow, Chingford Mount, Waltham Forest, Oxford Circus, central London, Islington, and a Tesco store in Ponders End was attacked. Halfords in Brixton was raiding with Bikes and other loot being taken.
Police made a stand at the Currys store in Brixton where they battled with 100 youths.
There have been reports of gangs of people in Enfield armed with weapons, like knives and bricks and bats. Shots have been fired, and a chemist has been smashed up and raided. Skirmishes with Police are on-going. Anarchists and rioters of all races appear to be active in the Enfield area.
These latest riots appear to have little to do with the death of Mark Duggan, but they do appear to be about committing crime, without fear of arrest.
Tonight this will change, the police are out in numbers, and they are taking few prisoners. They are using dogs batons and shields to quell any violence, meeting aggression with equal determination.
If reports from Brixton in south London are correct at least three police officers have been injured following violent altercations with youths, two of the officers needed hospital treatment.
Anarchists have been looting HMV and the Police appear to be in for a battle, and a long night, with gang violence creating riots.
It is a very worrying situation. After last night witnesses have spoke of Shopkeepers who are said to be defending their property with bats knifes and other weapons, though the police are out in massive numbers to quell any dissent.
A number of neighbourhood watch schemes are in action, with neighbours coming together to look after their roads.
Police have their shields and batons, and full riot armour in Enfield Town Centre where an attack on Police has been well defended and the attackers scattered. Rioting is breaking out across a number of London areas including Enfield and Brixton.
It is thought that police have deployed water cannons to the front line.
These riots follow riots in Tottenham last night and this morning following the death of Mark Duggan, under suspicious circumstances.
Clashes have been resuming in London, in particular in Enfield Town as have been police attacked, and reports also suggest other North London areas are being attacked.
Anarchists have now attacked a police van which was outside Enfield Town Station and police have launched baton charges at them. Police are taking a firmer line tonight.
At least 200 people have attacked some shops in Church Street, Enfield, after some earlier clashes had led to two shop windows being smashed and a police car trashed.
The Enfield North MP Nick de Bois, who has been in the town centre, said he saw the van being attacked by rioters and then all hell broke loose.
The Riot police with their shields, batons and police dogs charged at the group, who fled from Southbury Road back into the town centre.
The HMV store in Church Street has been looted and pictures have been posted on the Internet.
Roads in and out of the area remain closed while bus services have been diverted and trains cancelled, there is a high risk of injury in the area. Stay safe.
Residents are being warned to stay indoors, and to lock their windows. The police are out in force, call the emergency services on 999 or 112 if you require assistance.
There have been some reports that there has been a stabbing in the Enfield area. Witnesses report hooded and masked men are walking the streets, and trying to gain access to commercial and residential premises. Lock your doors, and do so now. Remember that you can use reasonable force to protect yourself. Stay safe.