Mob sets police station alight in Nottingham
Published 10/08/2011 | 07:34
A police station was firebombed and more than 90 people were arrested as violent rioting blighted areas of Nottingham.
Canning Circus Police Station was attacked by a group of 30-40 men at around 10pm last night but no injuries were reported, Nottinghamshire Police said.
At least eight people were arrested in connection with the incident, the force added.
Meadows Police station was also attacked by a gang of between 15-20 males and a police car was set alight outside.
Police said it was one of 10 force cars that were damaged across the area by troublemakers on a second night of disturbances.
The violence followed the arrest of 10 youths after a small group of people got on to the roof of one of the buildings at Nottingham High School.
In another incident two men, aged 17 and 18, were also arrested after rocks were thrown at Bulwell Police Station.
A fire broke out Clarendon College in Sherwood Rise following a fire bomb attack yesterday evening, the force said via its Twitter feed.
Groups of youths using masks and hoods to hide their identities congregated around parts of the city setting light to cars and attacking businesses, pubs and community centres.
Police said that around 100 special constables were drafted in to support front line policing
On Monday a police station was attacked in the St Ann's area of Nottingham, where vehicles were also damaged and windows smashed.
The disturbances led to concerns that yesterday's Carling Cup match between Nottingham Forest and Notts County would be cancelled, as many other football matches were across the country.
But the match went ahead at Nottingham's City Ground, with a joint statement from both clubs before kick-off leading to a standing ovation.
It said: "Some areas have seen their football fixtures cancelled because of violent disturbances across the country.
"Thankfully that is not the case here in Nottingham. We know you want this game to go ahead, along with both clubs and the support of Nottinghamshire Police."
It said Nottinghamshire Police had deployed a large number of officers to deter trouble.
Elsewhere in the East Midlands Leicestershire Police said officers had arrested a total of 13 people following disturbances in Leicester city centre.
Nottinghamshire Police said hundreds of officers were deployed to contain numerous incidents of criminal activity and of "gratuitous violence" against buildings throughout the city.
A spokeswoman said from 6pm until just before midnight, the force had dealt with more than 1,000 incidents.
As well as the firebombing of Canning Circus police station, other disorder included youths setting fire to trees, and cars firebombed at a car lot in Carlton Road in the city. Clarendon College in Sherwood Rise was also firebombed.
In some parts windows of people's homes were smashed, a pub in Bulwell was damaged, cars were set alight, other police stations were attacked using stones, and masked youths were seen marauding through the city.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Scarrott last night condemned the "gratuitous, senseless and wholly unjustified acts of wanton criminality".
He said: "I cannot understand this 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.
"My officers have come under physical attack and their lives have been put in danger.
"I cannot believe the mentality of those committing this violence and I cannot understand how parents can be allowing their children to participate and spectate.
"They 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 consequences of their action."
The force also said it had had hundreds of messages from supporters throughout the evening.