London On Fire: Violent Riots Spread (Photos Gallery)

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A British riot policemen walks past a burning 140 year old furniture store in Croydon, South London on August 8, 2011.

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Carl De Souza

On the third successive night of rioting and looting in London, the chaos has spread to at least eight new districts in the metropolitan area, the New York Times reports. The violence is also affecting other parts of the country, with riots erupting in England's second largest city of Birmingham.

The riots began in the low-income community of Tottenham following the Saturday police shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old black man.  However, the BBC reports that few believe the riots to be a result of the shooting.

As chaos spread across the city, young looters sacked businesses and burned a double-decker bus.  As the government struggles to bring the situation under control, the implications of the riots remain unclear   

Read more on GlobalPost: Why London exploded last night
 

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    A double decker bus burns as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham, north London on August 6, 2011.

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    Leon Neal

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    Buildings burn on Tottenham High Road, London after youths protested against the killing of a man by armed police in an attempted arrest, August 6, 2011 in London, England. Twenty-nine-year-old father-of-four Mark Duggan died August 4 after being shot by police in Tottenham, north London.

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    Matthew Lloyd

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    Firefighters spray the smouldering remains of a burnt-out shop on High Road in Tottenham, north London on August 7, 2011.

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    Leon Neal

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    The burnt-out shell of a double decker bus is seen on High Road in Tottenham, north London on August 7, 2011.

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    Leon Neal

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    British riot policemen stand in front of a burning building in Croydon, South London on August 8, 2011.

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    Carl De Souza

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    Firefights survey the burnt-out shell of a carpet showroom on High Road in Tottenham, north London on August 7, 2011.

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    Leon Neal

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    Rioters set fire to barricades they constructed in Goulton Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England.

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    Dan Istitene

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    A woman walks through the debris with two children as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham, north London on August 6 2011.

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    Leon Neal

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    A British riot policemen walks past a burning 140 year old furniture store in Croydon, South London on August 8, 2011.

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    Carl De Souza

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    An injured man is led to an ambulance handcuffs after being removed from a branch of Currys electrical retailer in Clapham Junction, south London on 8 August 2011.

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    Leon Neal

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    People take photos of damage caused by looters in a pawn shop on Clapham High Street on August 8, 2011 in London, England.

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    Chris Jackson

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    Youths look at the remains of a burnt out car in Enfield on August 8, 2011 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    A british riot policeman stands guard in front of a burning building and burnt out car in Croydon, South London on August 8, 2011.

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    Carl De Souza

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    A policeman stands outside a looted furniture shop in Enfield on August 8, 2011 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    A shop burns as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham, north London on 6 August 2011.

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    Leon Neal

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    A shopkeeper speaks to a police officer in Brixton after looting on August 8, 2011 in London, England.

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    Ben Stansall

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    A car burns outside a Carhartt store in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    A resident films a police officer on his mobile phone during disturbances in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England.

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    Peter Macdiarmid

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    Riot police tackle a mob after a number of cars are set alight in Hackney, north London on August 8, 2011. Riot police faced off with youths in fresh violence in London today in the third day of disorder after some of the worst rioting in the British capital in years at the weekend.

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    Riot police walk along Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England.

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    Dan Istitene

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    A riot police officer directs his colleagues to clear people away from a burning car in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England.

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    Dan Istitene

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    A rioter throws a rock at riot police in Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England.

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    Hooded youths walk past a looted Debenhams store in Clapham Junction on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Sporadic looting and clashes with police are contuing in parts of the capital. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    Local residents flee Clarence Road in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England.

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    A burning 140 year old furniture store is pictured in Croydon, South London on August 8, 2011.

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    Carl De Souza