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Eight police injured in London riot

August 7th, 2011 Australia

Eight London police officers are in hospital after being injured during a riot, Scotland Yard says.

Rioters went on the rampage in north London on Saturday night, torching police cars, a bus and a shop amid widespread looting following a protest over the fatal shooting of a man by armed officers.

The patrol cars and the double-decker bus were set ablaze as hundreds ran amok outside the police station on the High Road in Tottenham.

Under a hail of missiles, riot officers and mounted police battled to regain control of the streets as fire crews rushed to tackle the burning building.