|A large fire breaks out in shops and residential properties in Croydon, south of London|
|Hundreds of thugs ran riot across the city, looting shops and setting fire to buildings and vehicles for a third night with police apparently powerless to stop them. Above, riot police walk past a burning building in Croydon|
The police shot a black guy in suspicious circumstances. Feral kids with no jobs ran amok. To Tony’s mind, this was a riot waiting for an excuse. In the hangover of the violence that spread through London, the uprisings seemed both inevitable and unthinkable. Over a few days in which attacks became a contagion the capital city of an advanced nation has reverted to a Hobbesian dystopia of chaos and brutality.We're one flash-point away from total chaos. It's happened in Milwaukee already.