Ri­ots caused by ‘lack of re­spect’

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RI­OT­ERS have blamed the po­lice for caus­ing them to loot shops and burn down peo­ple’s homes – be­cause they don’t show them enough re­spect.

Se­nior of­fi­cers have re­acted with fury to the claims made in a re­port com­mis­sioned by the Guardian news­pa­per with the Lon­don School of Eco­nomics.

They held out in­ter­views with 270 ri­ot­ers, who blamed polic­ing just be­hind poverty as a trig­ger and said their loot­ing and vi­o­lence was ‘pay­back’.

Tim New­burn, re­port author and a pro­fes­sor at the LSE, said: “Un­der­ly­ing it all was a sense of dis­cour­tesy, the rude­ness and ag­gres­sive­ness, they said they had faced.”

But Si­mon Reed, of the Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion, blamed: “com­mon crim­i­nals tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion for their own means.”

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