BREAKING NEWS: rioting spreads to Dispatch district

BULWELL police station was pelted with stones during a second night of rioting in Nottingham.

Two youths, aged 17 and 18, have been arrested in relation to the attack on the premises on Gilead Street on Tuesday (August 9).

The Blenheim pub on the town’s Snape Wood Estate was targeted by youths and people in their early-20s, who caused damage at 8.30 pm on the same night.

House windows were also smashed in Cinderhill Park.

The only reported trouble in Hucknall was a Fiat car being overturned by four men in Buckingham Avenue at 2 am on Wednesday (August 10) and a bin on fire on Ogle Street on Tuesday night.

Police received more than 1,000 reports of trouble at locations throughout the city and the rest of the county in a five-hour period.

Canning Circus police station in the city was fire-bombed and gangs of marauding youth, wearing hoodies and masks to hide their identities, targeted parts of Basford and Bestwood Park on the outskirts of the Dispatch district.

Hundreds of police officers, bolstered by volunteer ‘Specials’, were deployed to tackle ongoing problems and stamp out potential trouble.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Scarrott, who took charge of the policing operation, condemned what he described as “gratuitous, senseless and wholly unjustified acts of wanton criminality.”

He added: “I cannot understand the explosion of mindless hooliganism and violence which is scarring our city and causing untold damage, not just to property but to the peace of mind of the law-abiding majority.”

He added: “They (those responsible for the trouble) should be in no doubt. We are here to do a job and we will do that job. More and more people can expect to be arrested and will face the consequence of their actions.”

The problems in the Dispatch district and other parts of Nottinghamshire came as troubles that flared in London at the weekend spread to other parts of the country.

There was widespread looting in Birmingham and Manchester on Tuesday night (August 9).

The capital remained largely quiet after the number of police officers on the streets increased from 6,000 to 16,000.