London riots latest: More than 100 officers and five police dogs wounded
MORE than 100 officers and five police dogs have been wounded as riots swept through London.
A Scotland Yard chief attacked unprecedented violence against his officers as he said 111 had been injured since unrest erupted on Saturday night.
Five police dogs were also injured as police came under attack from bricks, bottles, planks of wood and even motor vehicles.
Among animals hurt was a dog called Obi, which is receiving treatment for a serious head injury from a brick. Another, Marshfield Mia, was injured after being hit by a bottle.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Kavanagh said: “The level of violence directed against our officers as they have bravely done their duty to keep London safe is unprecedented.”
Other dogs hurt include Minstrel Blaze, Quirk Ruby and Zach, which suffered broken teeth and cuts last night. No horses have been wounded.
Mr Kavanagh said: “We are dealing with dangerous criminals; men and women, boys and girls, who are willing to put lives at risk and target the very people that are here to keep our communities safe.
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“But this is not just about my officers who continue to do their very best. This is also about the damage these thugs are doing to our neighbourhoods. Local shops and businesses have been ruined, householders have been left homeless and great damage done to our local services and infrastructure.”
Anyone with information relating to the violent unrest is urged to call the incident room hotline on 020 8345 4142 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.