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Groups of masked and hooded young people also looted shops, attacked police officers and set fire to vehicles in the violence. The riots have now raised concerns about security ahead of the 2012 Olympics and revealed pent-up anger against the city's police. Nearly 35 police officers were injured in the violence and three were hit by a car while trying to make arrests in east London. Police commander Christine Jones said officers were "shocked at the outrageous level of violence directed against them."
Author: Edecio Martinez
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