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The pictures of blazing buildings in Tottenham, Hackney, Croydon and Ealing look likely to become the defining images of David Cameron's early days in Downing Street.

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The man whose death was used as a spark for rioting and looting did not fire his weapon before being killed by armed police, investigators have said.

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Once again the Metropolitan Police stands accused of misleading the public about a controversial death. A narrative (apparently relying heavily on police sources) emerged from reports on the death of the suspected gangster Mark Duggan last Thursday. It was claimed that Duggan had opened fire on officers from the Met's firearms unit when they moved in to arrest him. It was reported that the police had shot Duggan dead in response. There was even the suggestion that one officer only escaped being killed by Duggan because his radio took a bullet.

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Cameron and Boris scramble to be first home from holiday

David Cameron cut short his holiday last night to fly back to Britain to take charge of the response to the wave of riots in London.

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Immediately and inevitably in the aftermath of a riot attention turns to what lessons can be drawn from these acts of violence and theft. The spotlight has swung, as so often, to the police.

Incitement warning to Twitter users

Twitter users could face arrest for inciting violence in the wake of two nights of unrest in London, a Scotland Yard chief warned today.

Brixton community slams 'pathetic' rioters

"Opportunistic" rioters were branded pathetic and stupid by community leaders today as fears were expressed of more violence to come.

Letters: This Bill will turn our green land into an urban dystopia

What a good idea the Localism Bill sounded (Letters, 28 July). An end to centrally imposed housing quotas; the empowering of communities to plan for their own futures. But the more detail has emerged, the more the underlying agenda has become plain for all to see: a cynical and sleazy betrayal of our countryside, which must be sacrificed on the altar of short-term economic growth, irrespective of the environmental and social consequences.

Tottenham smoulders after night of rioting

The residents of Tottenham were demanding answers from the police last night amid accusations that too little was done to control London's worst riots in a generation.

Leading article: A breakdown of trust

A grim irony about the orgy of anti-police rioting that took place in Tottenham on Saturday night is the fact that this enclave of north London was one of the birthplaces of community policing.

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