Trust needed to beat scourge of rioters
The riots in Tottenham have been the worst in Britain for decades, and a grave setback for the authorities and the police, both of whom have worked long and hard to build trust and improve community relations.
It began with the shooting dead of a young man by the police. Then came a sadly familiar pattern. A peaceful protest was followed by violence on the part of a handful of people. It spread rapidly. The scale of the destruction and rioting -- in a deprived area -- has been appalling.
But the picture is not all bleak. The police have stoutly defended their conduct, and given a detailed and credible account of their actions. The local Labour MP, David Lammy, has eloquently opposed violence and given real community leadership.