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Celebrities celebrate young people on anniversary of London riots

Celebrities including Stephen Fry, James Corden, David Haye, Paloma Faith, Example, and Plan B will change their Twitter profile pictures to a photo of a young person holding a message expressing how they contribute positively to society.

Stephen Fry Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

The campaign, held on the first anniversary of the London riots, is aimed at fighting negative perceptions of young people in Britain. Visit for more information.

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Memorial service marks one year since Mark Duggan shooting

The mother of a man who was shot dead by police - which triggered last summer's riots in London - has called for justice as the family marks the first anniversary of his death.

Pam Duggan wants answers about her son's death Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Pam Duggan, whose son Mark was shot by Metropolitan Police officers as they swooped on a car he was travelling in, says she still does not know how he died.

A service was held last night to mark a year since his death.

The event at Tottenham Town Hall comes after Mr Duggan's mother made a fresh plea for justice for the family.

She said: "We still don't have justice. I won't give up until I get justice for Mark."

UK riots 2011: A time-line

Fire raging through a building in Tottenham during last summer's riots Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Thursday 4 August 2011: Mark Duggan, 29, is shot dead by police at Ferry Lane, Tottenham.

Saturday 6 August: About 300 people gather outside Tottenham police station after marching from the Broadwater Farm estate. Rioting erupts following a peaceful protest.

Sunday 7 August: A double-decker bus is burnt out and petrol bombs are thrown at police and buildings. Shops are set alight in the area.

Monday 8 August: Furniture store in Croydon Reeve's Corner is burnt down and destroyed. Rioting and looting continues for the third night in London.

Police close to a fire near Reeves Corner, Croydon Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

Unrest spreads to other English cities, with Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol also experiencing violence.

Tuesday 9 August: MPs are recalled from their summer holidays in the wake of continued disorder across the country.

In Manchester, a shop is set alight and in nearby Salford, people begin smashing shop windows and looting from a shopping centre.

Thursday 11 August: Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement to MPs in which he admits there are questions to be answered over the shooting.


Young people 'expect the riots to happen again'

The poll, commissioned by StreetChance and Barclays Spaces for Sports, asked just over 1,000 12 to 18-year-olds for their views of the riots which overshadowed the summer of 2011.

A scene from the riots in London last year Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The findings, which come exactly a year after the violence broke out, show that more than a quarter (27.8%) believe that it could happen again this summer.

Just over two-fifths (43%) were not sure and the rest did not think that there will be further outbreaks of unrest.

One in four young people predict repeat of riots

More than one in four young people believe that the riots seen last summer could be repeated this year, a survey has found.

Scenes of the riots in London last year Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

It reveals that many youngsters say boredom, copycat behaviour, peer pressure, jealousy and fears about the future caused last year's scenes of disorder and violence, and that little has changed.

About three in ten of thosequestioned also said that the sentences and punishments handed out to those whotook part in the riots were too soft.

Birmingham riots death father: 'We will not let out sons down'

Addressing a press conference at a Winson Green community centre, father of Haroon Jahan, Tariq spoke of his disappointment that no-one had been held responsible the deaths of the three friends during riots in Birmingham last year.

He said:

To our utter shock and despair, on Thursday 19 July, the jury acquitted all eight men. This is no answer for us.

It simply means that no one has been held accountable for what happened.

Whilst the accused celebrated and showered themselves in champagne, we bathed in tears of pain and sorrow.

Our grieving continues.

We are no longer able to trust the criminal justice system to provide the answers we so desperately need.

We have therefore instructed lawyers to review the criminal trial and the events that led to the death of our sons.

We will not rest until the people responsible for the deaths of Haroon, Shazad and Musavir have been brought to justice and we are able to get the answers we need to be able to grieve in peace.

We will not let our sons down.

Lawyers to review riots murder trial acquittal

The father of one of three men killed during last summer's riots has said that lawyers have been instructed to review a criminal trial which saw eight men cleared of murder.

Haroon Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir died after being hit by a Mazda car as they tried to protect shops from looters during the riots in Birmingham last August.

Tariq Jahan, the father of Haroon Jahan Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Eight men were accused of murdering the three friends in a "modern day chariot charge" but were acquitted by a jury last Thursday, following a lengthy trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Haroon's father Tariq Jahan, who made an emotional plea for calm just hours after the deaths, said today; "our sense of disappointment and regret over this verdict cannot be stated in words."

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