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Tottenham riots erupt after a father is shot and killed by London police, says report

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Around 35 police officers were injured, including three hit by a car while trying to make arrests in east London
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(CBS/AP) LONDON - Police arrested 160 people during a weekend of riots and looting that erupted in Tottenham, a London neighborhood just five miles from the site of next year's Olympic Games.

Pictures: Tottenham riots lead to 160 arrests

The violence broke out in the north London suburb on Saturday night as a result of community anger over the fatal police shooting of 29-year-old Mark Duggan, who was gunned down amid disputed circumstances on Thursday. After a peaceful protest of his death, violence broke out when hundreds of people gathered around Tottenham's police station late Saturday. Some protesters filled bottles with gasoline to throw at police lines while others confronted officers with makeshift weapons, including baseball bats and bars.

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 Summer 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."

Although Tottenham was relatively peaceful on Sunday night, police said that  "copycat criminal" violence hit other parts of the city Sunday night and early Monday. Riots erupted near the Walthamstow Central district in East London where 30 youths vandalized and looted some shops in the district. Another 50 people damaged property in the Oxford Circus area. In the south London neighborhood of Brixton, youths smashed windows, attacked a police car and set fire to garbage bins. They also stole video games, sportswear and other goods from stores.

"It's obviously stemmed from what's happened in Tottenham, but we are 10 miles away," said Williams Falade, manager of a gym that was closed Monday because the restaurant next door had been attacked. "It was like it was an excuse. Things like this will happen but they should happen for better reasons."