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Between 6 and 10 August 2011, several London boroughs and districts of cities and towns across England suffered widespread rioting, looting and arson.5.15pm: The peaceful vigil
At 5.15pm, 120 friends and family of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old black man who was shot by police, set off from the Broadwater Farm estate where he lived and marched in silence to Tottenham Police Station on the high street.
Carrying placards which read: “He was a family man, not a gangster,” they gathered outside the station and began to question the police officers guarding the entrance over the killing.
Frustrated by the officers’ refusal to answer them, some of the protesters lay down in the road, forcing police to cordon off the street to traffic.
The gathering remained peaceful two hours later when thousands of football fans streamed past after watching Tottenham Hotspur play Athletic Bilbao at White Hart Lane.
But the mood turned ugly as darkness began to fall and gangs of young men wearing baseball caps and hoodies gathered at the periphery of the vigil.
Rumours began to spread on Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry Messenger that the taxi in which Mr Duggan was travelling when he was killed had been riddled with bullets, and that he had dropped his gun before being shot.
Stories also began to circulate by text and online that the father-of-four was shot on the ground, at point-blank range.
Members of the N17 gang of which Mr Duggan was allegedly a member are believed to have used mobile phones and social networking sites to organise a temporary truce with the rival N22, N9 and N15 gangs, calling on their enemies to descend upon the station and turn their hostility on the police.