Aug 10, 2011
LONDON — The rioting and looting that hit Manchester was an act of “senseless violence and senseless criminality” on a scale not witnessed in 30 years, a senior police officer said Tuesday.
The violence, committed by people with “nothing to protest against”, has brought “shame on the streets” of the city, Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan of Greater Manchester Police said.
“These are pure and simple criminals running wild tonight,” said Shewan.
“They have nothing to protest against there has been no spark. This has been senseless violence and senseless criminality on a scale I have never witnessed before.”
Shewan, who joined the force after moving to the city in 1981, said the violence had ripped the “heart out of two great cities” and appealed to the public to “think very carefully about who they support” when the operation to catch the looters begins.
This article was posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 3:28 am