Suffolk, London, Birmingham, Manchester: Riots sweep the nation

Hundreds of people have been arrested after rioters descended on town and city centres across England for a fourth consecutive night.

- The streets remained quiet in Suffolk with extra officers on the beat.

- 16,000 officers patrolling London quash further extreme violence.

- 109 arrested in Birmingham as rioters attack and loot.

- Absolute chaos in Manchester as looters run rioting burning, stealing and attacking the city.

Hundreds of people have been arrested after rioters descended on town and city centres across England for a fourth consecutive night.

Extra police patrolling the streets of Suffolk kept chaos at bay despite ongoing rumours rioting was scheduled for Ipswich yesterday evening.

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Similarly, London was relatively quiet as 16,000 officers were positioned in the capital ready to battle rioters.

Since rioting began on Saturday, 768 people have been arrested in London alone.

However, Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham were pillaged by gangs of looters who attacked the cities raiding high streets and burning buildings in their paths.

Police battling rioters in Manchester last night said they faced “extraordinary levels of violence” from hundreds of criminals hell-bent on causing destruction.

Yobs kicked in windows of supermarkets, jewellery shops and mobile phone shops and seemingly had control of the city centre until plain-clothes police officers descended armed with telescopic truncheons.

108 people were arrested throughout the course of the night in Manchester and neighbouring Salford.

Meanwhile, in Birmingham similar scenes of mayhem unfolded.

Gunfire was reportedly heard and three men were killed in a hit-and-run.

West Midlands police arrested 109 people causing disorder in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.

There were also violent incidents in Liverpool, Gloucester and Nottingham.

In the East of England, the officers broke up what appeared to be the beginnings of a riot.

Police were called to one minor incident in the area around Midsummer Common at 11.35pm after reports of between 30 and 40 youths congregating.

Officers supported by the force helicopter moved on the group, some of whom were wearing face coverings.

A 16-year-old and 20-year-old, both from Cambridge, were arrested and are being held in custody at Huntingdon police station.

Three others, aged 18, 19 and 28, are being held at a police station in Cambridge.

For live updates on rioting UK follow @nigelpickover on Twitter.

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