A fourth night of riots saw violence escalate across England yesterday with Manchester, Salford and Birmingham the worst affected.
London was comparatively quiet after a huge influx of police to help control the capital which had seen three days of growing disorder.
Manchester city centre was described as a "warzone" and over 108 arrests were made overnight as riot police struggled to contain roving groups of youths.
A murder inquiry has also been launched after three British Asians out protecting their community in Birmingham were driven into by a car and killed, bringing the number of fatalities since the riots began to four.
Leicester, Bristol, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich all experienced trouble as well and a police station in Nottingham firebombed.
Even the small and picturesque town of Gloucester saw a running battle between police on horseback and youths, whilst a small number of isolated incidents in Cardiff caused fear that the riots may spread beyond England.