I didn't know where to put this--hope this is Ok.
'Britain's riots began Saturday when an initially peaceful protest over a police shooting in London's Tottenham neighborhood turned violent. That clash has morphed into a general lawlessness in London and several other cities that police have struggled to halt.
While the rioters have run off with goods every teen wants — new sneakers, bikes, electronics and leather goods — they also have torched stores apparently just for the fun of seeing something burn. They were left virtually unchallenged in several neighborhoods, and when police did arrive they often were able to flee quickly and regroup.'
So the rioters are primarily young people? It is difficult to imagine exactly what is going on. For many years I haven't understood a great deal about what goes on in Europe---nor do I fully understand what goes on in the US. fwiw.
'In London, where armored vehicles and convoys of police vans patrolled the streets, authorities said there were 16,000 officers on duty — almost triple the number present Monday night.'
I believe I have read that LE in the UK doesn't carry weapons. I suppose if the situation required it they might?