UK riots reached its fourth day as the riots began to spiral outside London. Few Bruneian living/studying there too have been affected by the ongoing riots. Though the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in London have informed through RTB News that all Bruneian are safe, but two different incidents have been reported to the local papers.
In today's Borneo Bulletin, it has been reported that a Bruneian family was pelted with eggs by a group of rioters while waiting at a bus stop somewhere in Central London, luckily, no one was injured. While in today's Brunei Times, a Bruneian who work as a chef at Brunei House was attacked and mugged by a group of youths, the incident happened along Harrow Road, London. He sustained minor injuries and lost his smartphone.
Other than the two news, Bruneian are safe, though feeling worry with the ongoing riots - via Brunei Times.
In another news, a young man who was attacked by rioters and robbed by a group who initially appeared to help him has been named in the Malaysia media as a 20-year-old Malaysian student, Mohd Asyraf Raziq Rosli via thestar.com.my. He was reported to have been on his way to buy food to break his fast was attacked by rioters in Barking East, London. The robbery was recorded by someone and later uploaded on YouTube which you can view HERE.
In other developments:
- Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said his force had faced "extraordinary levels of violence from groups of criminals intent on committing widespread disorder" on Tuesday
- Some 23 people have been charged in the West Midlands with a total of 229 arrests following sporadic disorder in Wolverhampton, while youths have smashed shop windows and set cars alight in nearby West Bromwich
- In Birmingham, riot police have surrounded the Mailbox, the city's high-end shopping centre, following the disturbances seen in the area on Monday night. Some 500 officers are on duty in the centre on Tuesday evening
- Canning Circus police station in central Nottingham was firebombed by a male gang on Tuesday evening
- In Liverpool, Merseyside Police have arrested 44 people in relation to disorder in the city
- National Express coaches have suspended services to Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Manchester where people are instead being dropped off in either Manchester Airport, Oldham or Stockport
- Metropolitan Police have arrested 685 people and charged 105 in connection with the violence in the capital, including a 21-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following a fire which took hold of the Reeves Furniture store in Croydon on Monday night
- A 26-year-old man found shot in a car in Croydon, amid rioting in the south London town, has died in hospital
- Meanwhile, two 18-year-olds were arrested in Folkestone, Kent, and a 16-year-old boy in Glasgow was charged with breach of the peace while another man, aged 18, has been arrested. All relate to allegations of inciting violence through internet social networking sites
- The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said on Tuesday that ballistic tests presented "no evidence" that a handgun found at the scene where Mr Duggan was killed had been fired at officers
Football were affected too by the riots. Four Carling Cup matches were postponed, and two international friendly between England vs Holland at Wembley, London and Ghana vs Nigeria at Vicarage Road, Watford. The Sun reported that some of this weekend Premier League opener is also in danger of being postponed. Spurs are due to host Everton, while Fulham play Aston Villa and QPR are at home to Bolton. While West Bromwich play Manchester United on Sunday.
Up to today, the following area have been affected: London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Salford, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Leicester, West Bromwich & Gloucester. You can view the timeline and map of the riots HERE.
Any enquiries about the current situation can also be made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Hotlines at 6738716001, or 6738716002.