Violent riots have broken out in north London following a protest over the fatal shooting of a young father by police. A crowd of around 300 gathered in Tottenham High Road late on Saturday night, setting fire to two police cars and a double decker bus.
The cars, which were parked around 200 yards from the police station, were set upon shortly after dark.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Missiles were thrown at them. One was set alight and one was pushed into the middle of the High Road."
The Metropolitan Police have also opened their Gold Command Control centre, in south London - normally only used for major incidents, such as the Royal wedding and the student protests.
Rioters set a double decker bus ablazeSky home affairs correspondent Mark White, in Tottenham, said: "This is a significant move for the police.
"This control centre is only ever activated for major public order events.
"It has to be a significant event for them to take the decision to move all their commanders down to this control room.
"There is a very real fear tonight that these localised disturbances do have the potential to spill out into other areas."
Metropolitan Police Commander Stephen Watson Petrol bombs and missiles were also thrown at police, and there are reports of shops being burgled and looted.
Two vans were set alight near a block of residential flats just off the High Road, as the violence appeared to spread away from the initial disturbance.
Sky News were forced to withdraw camera crews from the area as the situation became increasingly volatile in the early hours of the morning.
Shops on the High Road were targetedEarlier, around 120 people marched from the local Broadwater Farm area to Tottenham police station demanding "justice" for the shot man named locally as Mark Duggan.
The 29-year-old father-of-four died at the scene on Thursday.
Local MP David Lammy appealed for calm, saying in a statement on his website: "We already have one grieving family in our community and further violence will not heal that pain.
"True justice can only follow a thorough investigation of the facts.
Two police cars were targeted by protesters"The Tottenham community and Mark Duggan's family and friends need to understand what happened on Thursday evening when Mark lost his life. To understand those facts, we must have calm."
Local resident David Akinsanya, 46, said several shop windows have been smashed and a second police car was also torched.
"It's really bad," he said. "There are two police cars on fire. I'm feeling unsafe. It looks like it's going to get very nasty. I saw a guy getting attacked."
A number of residents in the area evacuated their homes.
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