New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom

United Kingdom: Civil unrest

Localised civil unrest has been occurring at night in parts of London since 6 August when a protest against the police shooting of a man in Tottenham turned violent. Riot police have been deployed to contain the unrest which has seen vehicles, rubbish bins and buildings set alight and shops looted. At times there have been violent clashes between rioters and the police.

Areas affected by the unrest in London include parts of Enfield, Tottenham, Hackney, Peckham, Lewisham, Brixton, Clapham Junction, Croydon, Ealing, Brent, Camden and Oxford Circus. Civil unrest has also been reported in the cities of Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. The situation remains unpredictable and unrest could spread to other areas.

New Zealanders in the UK are advised to monitor the media for updates on the situation, avoid areas where civil unrest is occurring and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities. Disruptions to traffic and public transport in areas worst affected can be expected and should be planned for accordingly to minimise inconvenience.

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