Timeline - British disorder by dates


Riots in Britain - a timeline:

6.15pm, August 4th: Police shot dead Mark Duggan (29) in Ferry Lane, Tottenham. Officers had stopped the cab he was travelling in to carry out an arrest as part of a pre-planned operation, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

5.30pm, August 6th: About 120 people marched peacefully from the local area of Broadwater Farm to Tottenham Police station, demanding justice for Mr Duggan’s family. The High Road was closed and traffic diverted.

8.20pm, August 6th: Two police cars parked about 200 yards from the police station were attacked. A number of bottles were thrown at the vehicles, one was set alight and the second was pushed into the middle of the High Road. It was subsequently set alight.

Riots broke out in which windows were smashed, a petrol bomb thrown, and buildings set on fire. A double decker bus was also set alight. Hundreds of people gathered in the street. Police tried to break up the crowd, but bottles and other missiles were thrown at them.

3am, August 7th: A group of teenagers and adults looted almost all the stores in Tottenham Hale Retail Park half a mile away. Shops windows and doors were smashed in, and the shops were raided.

A total of 26 officers were injured during the unrest, and 42 people were arrested for offences including violent disorder, burglary and theft.

12.30pm, August 7th: Metropolitan Police commander Adrian Hanstock condemned the riots as “absolutely unacceptable”. He said a peaceful demonstration had been hijacked by a small number of “criminal elements” using it for their own gain.

August 8th: Rioting spread to new areas of London in third night of violence. Hackney in east London, and Peckham and Lewisham in south London suffered disturbances.

David Cameron's office announced the prime minister is to cut short his Italian holiday to return to London to handle the response to escalating riots in the capital.

Home Secretary Theresa May described the rioting at "sheer criminality" and warned offenders "will be brought to justice".

Research In Motion , the Canadian manufacturer of Blackberry smartphones said it would work with British authorities. Rioters are believed to be using the device to co-ordinate activities.

August 9th: Rioting extends through London overnight - to Woolwich, Ealing, Clapham, Hackney and Peckham. Other cities, including Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol, also suffer street violence.

A man (26) shot in his car in Croydon died in hospital.

Speaking after he chaired a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee, Cobra, Mr Cameron recalled parliament from its summer recess for a day on Thursday to make a statement to MPs.

Inquest is told Mark Duggan died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The international football friendly match between England and The Netherlands, scheduled for August 10th, was called off.

Fresh violence and looting broke out in Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham and other parts of the West Midlands last night. London remained largely trouble-free overnight.

Three men die after being hit by a car in Birmingham shortly after 1am.