The London riots spread from Tottenham last night as shops were looted and cars damaged across Enfield, Walthamstow, Waltham Forest, Islington and Brixton.

More than 100 people were arrested in what police called a wave of “copycat criminal activity" that continued late Sunday night and into Monday morning.

The riots began on in Tottenham on Saturday night after the shooting of 29-year-old Mark Duggan by police.

The north London borough was left in flames as rioters looted shops and burned cars and buildings. Many homes were razed to the ground leaving families homeless.

48 people were arrested in Tottenham and 26 police injured.


Last night rioting and looting spread across London, leading to more than 100 arrests. Around 35 police offices have been injured over the two nights of violence.

There have been reports of a gang of up to 200 youths looting shops and charging police in Coldharbour Lane and the High Street in Brixton, south London.

A BBC reported saw large groups smashing into a William Hill bookmakers, looting a Halfords store for bikes and battling police in Curry’s.

Gangs of youths were seen pelting police with bottles, rocks and other missiles.

As violence spread, around 50 youths gathered in Oxford Circus, central London, and caused damage to property.

In other parts of London, more than 30 masked youths vandalised and looted shops in Walthamstow Central.

The windscreen of a police vehicle was smashed in Islington, and goods were stolen from a Tesco store in Ponders End.

Shops in Enfield Town were also vandalised and looted and two vehicles being set on fire.

Police said 16 people have been charged with offences including burglary, theft, and violent disorder.

Metropolitan Police Commander Christine Jones said officers were "shocked" at the level of violence aimed at police.

"Officers responding to sporadic disorder in a number of boroughs made more than 100 arrests throughout last night and early this morning,” she said.

"This is in addition to the 61 arrests made on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

"So far there have been 16 charges, 11 awaiting CPS advice, 17 bailed, one caution, one sectioned under the Mental Health Act and there are 15 ongoing inquiries.

"Officers are shocked at the outrageous level of violence directed against them. At least nine officers were injured overnight in addition to the 26 injured on Saturday night.

"We will not tolerate this disgraceful violence. The investigation continues to bring these criminals to justice."

Twitter users have kept a running commentary of the riots.

Writer Tony Parsons said: “Dear #LondonRiots – you don't fight for justice by robbing shops, putting people on minimum wage on the dole & trashing poor neighbourhoods.”