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Copacabana beach on lockdown after night of violence

A Rio de Janeiro slum near the Copacabana beach has erupted in violence following the killing of a popular local figure, with residents starting fires and hurling home-made explosives and bottles in the city's main tourist zone.

ITV News Brazil correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports:

According to news website G1, the man was mistaken as a drug dealer. The area is currently on lockdown by police.

Thousands of England fans are expected to travel to Rio in June and July, where the national team will be based during the 2014 World Cup.

Riots in Rio slum after dancer found dead

Policemen take up position next to barricades on fire.
Policemen take up position next to barricades on fire. Credit: Reuters

A Rio de Janeiro slum has erupted in violence following the killing of a popular local figure, with residents starting fires and hurling home-made explosives and bottles in the city's main tourist zone.

Intense exchanges of gunfire were heard when members of an elite police moved into the Pavao-Pavaozinho slum, a few hundred yards from where Olympic swimming events are expected to take place in 2016.

A resident reacts as he is detained by police during the protests.
A resident reacts as he is detained by police during the protests. Credit: Reuters

The body of Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, 25, a dancer on a TV show for Brazil's Globo network, the nation's largest channel, was discovered in the slum yesterday. The circumstances of his death were not clear, but residents blame police.

It was the latest violence to hit one of Rio's so-called "pacified" slums - impoverished areas that were controlled by drug gangs for decades.

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Foreign Office confirms death of Briton in Brazil

The Foreign Office has confirmed the death of a British oil worker, in an attempted carjacking in Brazil. In a statement, a spokeswoman said: "We were made aware of the death of a British national in Brazil on April 2.

"We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

Aerial view of Guanabara Bay with a low level of water in Niteroi, metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro Credit: CARLOS EDUARDO CARDOSO/DPA/Press Association Images

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Family pay tribute to 'loyal father' after Brazil death

A British oil worker shot dead in an attempted carjacking in Brazil has been described by his family as a man who "loved life".

Scot Peter Campsie, 48, was killed by two gunmen in Rio de Janeiro as he returned home to his family following a business meeting. He is survived by two sons and his mother, brother and sister in Scotland. In a family statement to the Press and Journal, they said:

He was a man who loved life and and brought so much joy and laughter to those around him [...] A darkness has fallen on us all as we try and make sense of why Pete had to die in the prime of his life.

He was a loyal friend and father, brother and son who cared deeply about making sure everyone got the best out of their lives. Our anchor has been pulled away so cruelly.

British oil worker killed in Brazil

A British oil worker has been shot dead in an attempted carjacking in Brazil. Peter Campsie was killed by two gunmen in Rio de Janeiro as he returned home to his family following a business meeting.

Mr Campsie, from Montrose, Angus, had worked in Brazil for 16 years and lived in the city of Macae, north of Rio, with his wife and 10-year-old daughter.

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Police target Brazil slums 10 weeks before World Cup

Ten weeks before the start of the World Cup in Brazil, police are making a final push to sweep clean some of Rio's most crime-ridden areas. Just a mile from the airport where teams and fans will arrive, there were scenes today resembling a military operation.

ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports:

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Brazil officers push into Rio slums ahead of World Cup

About 1,000 Brazilian officers have begun invading a huge complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport, the latest area to be targeted for the government's "pacification" programme.

Special operations battalion police officers take position during an operation to occupy part of the Mare slum complex.
Special operations battalion police officers take position during an operation to occupy part of the Mare slum complex. Credit: AP Photo/Felipe Dana
Navy armored vehicles are seen during sunrise during the operation to occupy Nova Holanda, part of the Mare slum complex.
Navy armored vehicles are seen during sunrise during the operation to occupy Nova Holanda, part of the Mare slum complex. Credit: AP Photo/Felipe Dana
The Mare complex of slums in Rio de Janeiro is the latest area targeted by the the government's 'pacification' programme.
The Mare complex of slums in Rio de Janeiro is the latest area targeted by the the government's 'pacification' programme. Credit: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

'No resistance' from Rio gangs as police go in

ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft, who is with the military police as they go in to Rio's favelas, reports:

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No resistance from where we are. The drugs gangs violent not stupid. Have they fled already? Will they bide their time and simply return?

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