London Adventist Youth
Looting across numerous neighborhoods of London, and even in cities as far away Birmingham and Liverpool, continued to flare into the night of Monday, August 8, although an increased police presence has calmed the situation as of Adventist World’s press deadline.
The violence began Saturday night following a community protest of a police shooting in Tottenham. Local resident Mark Duggan was killed, and a police officer was shot, but not killed, in the incident, news agencies reported.
Tottenham, as well as other neighborhoods where violence first erupted, has often been associated with high unemployment and tensions with police. Copycat crimes soon swept across multiple neighborhoods and cities, the BBC reported.
The BBC reported that Prime Minister David Cameron returned from a vacation in Italy to address the situation.
"We are saddened by the events that have occurred in Tottenham," Sam Davis, president of the Adventist Church in South England, said. "The loss of Mark Duggan's life has mobilized many in the community to rightly ask for answers to what took place that led to this young man's loss of life. However, this can never justify the wanton violence and destruction of property, looting and vandalism that followed the protest."
Davis said the conference's Youth and Community Ministries departments were willing to join the community in the cleanup operation and are already working in one affected area to assist displaced families.