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Riots in the UK - Summer 2011

Published: 10.08.2011, Updated: 04.03.2017
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Late in the summer of 2011, London along with other cities suffered from widespread riots and looting. This caused a lot of fear and panic particularly among shop owners. Police resources had to be stepped up dramatically to regain control of the streets.

Use various internet sources to study these events and write a newspaper article based on what you learn. Write it in your own words - based on keywords. If you sit with a news article printout next to you, you will not be able to free yourself from it, so take notes as you study the events.

British police officers stand guard as a car set on fire by rioters, burns in Hackney, East London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011. A chaotBritish police officers stand guard as a car set on fire by rioters, burns in Hackney, East London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011. A chaotic wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities on Tuesday Here, we have gathered a few useful resources    for you.

Have a look at this site and study the news about the riots in London and other cities: BBC NEWS  (2011 riots, London, police, vandalism).

Also study this site on writing a newspaper article: How to Write a Newspaper Article  and this: Example of Newspaper Article 

Take care not to include too much detailed information in your article. You will have to try to summarize the situation and use certain episodes  to underline the severity of the situation. Here you will find updated information of the various events: Google Map - Updated Info on London Riots   Right-click to open in new window.

Suggested length 300 - 600 words.

Words in the News: Loot  

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Write a text based on what goes through the mind of the police officer in the picture. Use descriptive language and feel free to dwell on details and associate freely, as in a stream of consciousness (a stream of ideas and feelings where you associate freely and without interference or critical self-reflection).

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