British police say three people have been arrested over the alleged attempted murder of a police officer as violent riots swept through London for a third night and spread to other cities for the first time.
London police said early Tuesday that the suspects were detained and arrested in the Brent area of north London, after a police officer was struck by a car and hospitalized.
The officer and a colleague, who suffered minor injuries, had stopped a number of cars in the belief that the occupants had been involved in the looting of a nearby electrical store.
Police say in a statement the officer was seriously hurt as one of the cars drove away from the scene. It was later stopped and the three people inside were arrested.
Two nights of rioting in London’s Tottenham neighborhood erupted following protests over the shooting death by police of a local man, Mark Duggan. Police were arresting him when the shooting occurred. Over 170 people were arrested over the two nights of rioting, and fires gutted several stores, buildings, and cars. The disorder spread to other neighborhoods as well, with shops being looted in the chaos. Collected here are images from the rioting and the aftermath. — Lane Turner
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