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Minister responds to police chief's riot remarks

The Communities Minister has defended the government response to the riots in Manchester and Salford. It comes after Greater Manchester's Police Chief Tony Lloyd said it was an 'insult' to the communities affected. Today is the second anniversary of the outbreak of the disturbances.

" We took practical action to tackle the problems behind the violence and developed policies which are starting to show real results in dealing with some of the more entrenched issues raised in the Panel’s report. We can all learn lessons from the events witnessed in August 2011 and have a responsibility to ensure that we never see a repeat of those shocking scenes. Many of the Riots Panel's recommendations reflect this and support the Government's work to strengthen socially responsible attitudes and reform public services."

– Communities Minister Brandon Lewis

Police Commissioner says govt response "an insult"

Police stand guard after rioting in Manchester Credit: PA Images

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner has criticised the Government’s response to the review into the riots two years ago.

Tony Lloyd’s comments echo those of MP David Lammy, in whose Tottenham constituency the riots began.

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd Credit: PA Images

The Government’s response to the report by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel was published last month, just before parliament broke up for summer recess.

Mr Lloyd said: “I completely share David Lammy’s concerns that the Government have tried to not only bury their response to this report, but have also failed to act on many of the recommendations.

“As Police and Crime Commissioner and former MP for central Manchester, an area badly hit by the riots, this is completely unacceptable and is an insult to the people of Manchester and Salford who suffered at the hands of mindless thugs two summers ago.”

More than 200 people were prosecuted following the riots in Manchester and Salford, which damaged hundreds of businesses.

Communities minister Don Foster has rejected suggestions that the Government had attempted to "bury" its report.

He said: "The recommendations were very clear that we needed to give victims more of an opportunity to have their say, particularly in the sentencing of offenders. That is going to happen. We have listened to the recommendations, we are acting upon the recommendations."

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Riots sparks art project in North West

A £5m project involving Tate Liverpool and Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery has been announced to get young people involved in the arts.

The 2011 summer riots were a "catalyst" for the 'Circuit' initiative for the under-25s, which will launch next year.

Riots in London, Nottingham and elsewhere across the country made us very conscious that institutions, such as the ones represented on the programme, are in a very good position to offer young people opportunities that they both need in their lives and can help them develop those lives in a meaningful way.

– Sir Nicholas Serota, Tate director
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