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Birmingham vigil calls for 'justice' for Mark Duggan

More than a dozen people have gathered in Birmingham city centre today in a show of solidarity for the family of Mark Duggan.

Bearing posters calling for "justice" and declaring "No to police violence", the protesters met outside the West Midlands Police headquarters, at Lloyd House.

People at the vigil outside Lloyd House today
People at the vigil outside Lloyd House today Credit: ITV News Central

Mr Duggan was killed when he was shot by police in London in 2011, sparking the riots which then spread across the country - including major violence in Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

His family has expressed outrage at the verdict of an inquest jury, which ruled he had been killed lawfully.

Some of the posters read "Justice for Mark Duggan" and "No to police violence"
Some of the posters read "Justice for Mark Duggan" and "No to police violence" Credit: ITV News Central


West Midlands Police still looking for 79 riot suspects

Police have warned rioters involved in the disorder across the West Midlands two years ago that they are still chasing those that have not been found and held accountable.

West Midlands Police said 90 per cent of those involved have been identified and dealt with.

The total number of arrests on the two-year anniversary stands at 775. The force is still attempting to trace 79 suspects.

Even two years on, we have detectives regularly reviewing the information we have about the outstanding suspects and going after them.

If you were involved and we haven’t yet come for you and you’re sat at home thinking you’ve got away with it, my message to you is that you haven’t.

We will find you and we will use the full force of the law to bring you to justice. The best thing you can do is hand yourself in.

– Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth

Two years on since the Midlands riots

Canning Circus police station in Nottingham after it was firebombed Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

Today marks two years since the riots in the Midlands.

Canning Circus Police Station in Nottingham was firebombed during the disorder but much of the trouble in the region centred on Birmingham.

West Midlands Police say 90 per cent of those responsible had been dealt with and they are still attempting to trace 79 suspects.

A car on fire in Birmingham following riots in the city Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Independent review of the Riot (Damages) Act 1886

Car set on fire during the riots in Birmingham Credit: PA

The Home Office has commissioned an independent review of the Riot (Damages) Act 1886, which is being led by Mr Neil Kinghan.

As part of the review, Mr Kinghan will be visiting the areas most affected by the riots of August 2011, including Birmingham.

He will be talking to local residents and businesses who were affected by the riots and holding meetings on Friday 14 June.

The meetings will be held at Birmingham City Council House in Victoria Square at:

• 4pm-5:30pm for businesses

• 7pm-8:30pm for residents


Riots father: "I had to help"

Tariq Jahan, from Birmingham, went on national television and appealed to people in his community to stop rioting. His appeal came just hours after his own son and two friends had been mown down and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Mr Jahan - who was given the Pride of Britain Award in 2011 for his actions during the riots - says his own tragedy has compelled him to help other suffering communities.

"I know the pain of losing a child like so many people in Syria now," he says.

"Human Appeal is currently on the ground helping the innocent people who've been caught up in this terrible atrocity. After hearing about the work Human Appeal has been doing, I knew I had to help."

A quarter of the Syrian population is now displaced and over 70,000 have been killed.

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