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Comment - on the riots

Jenny Jone speaks:

Blames the government for English riots

On August 7th Jenny Jones, Green member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, called for swift action to restore vital youth services and a review of communications failures between the police and the community.

"We urgently need to examine all the factors that led to last night's events in Tottenham, a community suffering from one of the highest deprivation levels in the country, and take appropriate action to prevent repercussions.

"We need a full investigation into the shooting of Mark Duggan, and an urgent review of stop and search and what communications failures there were between the police and Tottenham's community. Violence and looting, and smashing up your own streets is not the answer. It's bad for the old, the poor, and those who run the small businesses people rely on.

"The Government must take some of blame for what went wrong last night. Cuts to local services, especially youth services, played a role in fomenting tensions. With one of the highest unemployment rates in London, Tottenham urgently needs help. Emergency funds to stop youth centre closures and a review of policing must now be a priority."

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