In what was Britain's worst street violence in decades, riots that erupted in a north London neighborhood on Aug. 6, 2011, sparked four nights of looting, arson and mayhem across England. The rioting was triggered by a police shooting under disputed circumstances and by the time the streets were calmed, five people were left dead. More than 3,000 people have appeared in court over the riots in the year since.
In this photo taken Aug. 9, 2011, firefighters battle a large fire that broke out in shops and residential properties in Croydon, London.
Author: Edecio Martinez
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