Riots hit major cities across England during August 2011. They were sparked by the death of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, north London, who was shot dead by police on 4 August. A subsequent demonstration was broken up by police but clashes between demonstrators and police soon followed. Violence continued overnight in the area and nearby Wood Green.
Similar scenes began to take place in the ensuing days in other areas of London, including Brixton, Hackney, Peckham, Battersea, Croydon and Ealing and then extended to other major urban areas in England. These included Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Manchester as well as a nukber of other towns in what was described as 'copycat violence'.
Five people were killed during the riots which also resulted in more than 3,000 arrests.