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'Fire in Babylon'

PROTEST: Police car in flames (PIC CREDIT: Nuffinlong.com)

Two police cars and a bus were set alight in north London this evening (Aug 6) after a protest, which followed the killing of a 29-year-old man who was gunned down by police earlier this week, turned nasty.

Members of the community in Tottenham, north London, gathered outside Tottenham police station calling for answers into the killing of Mark Duggan on Thursday night (Aug 4).

The father of five received two fatal bullet wounds in a pre-planned operation to arrest him.

The sting had been organised in partnership with Trident, the Met’s special unit for investigating gun crime within the black community.

“It was like fire in Babylon,” one protestor told The Voice.

“People wanted answers from the police and they weren’t saying anything, which got some people fired up.

“It’s a shame that a peaceful protest had to come to this.” they said.

There are no reports of any casualties, but it is thought that some arrests were made.

A post-mortem on Mr Duggan’s body will be conducted in due course, and investigators are due to meet with his distraught relatives.

The Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPPC) is now investigating the shooting.

IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: “Fatal shootings by the police are extremely rare and understandably raise significant community concerns.
“I fully recognise how distressing and disturbing this must be for the family and the local community.

“Obviously our investigation is at a very early stage, but I will publish further information and any findings as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IPCC on 0800 096 9079 or email ferrylaneshooting@ipcc.gov.uk

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