London riots: police say their battles lie - the guardian

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Police have said their battles and exhaustion during the riots in London. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images


Police officers, the fight against of the rioting outbreak in London spoke last night to feel embattled by insurgents and public opinion.


Officers of units of measure in London were outside Homerton hospital in Hackney yesterday evening after three members violence after persistent their unit in the area were injured.


The officers, who wanted to be identified none of them, stand outside the hospital a short break from the day riots. You distributed headache tablets and bottles of water.


Suffer, after he was with hit in the head a brick a Sergeant from concussion. Another had a foot injury after a Rioter hurled a piece of concrete on him.


Officers described, as if an another policeman on the ground had fallen, two paramedics had hastened to help and were met with a hail of missiles from rioters.


"The sarge went, and he said he saw stars rated." Is to be not the best place on the ground in an uprising, ", said one of the officers.


That officer described how he had worked 24-hour shift on the day before, had three hours sleep, and was its layer in the 15th hour the next day.


All are expected to continue working during the night.


While waiting for their colleagues filed out and forms, detailing, if she had used on rioters to force. "All we do is observed on CCTV in the people's party phones, we have to justify everything we do, and it must be appropriate," he said.


His first care, not for colleagues, he said officers, but the police dog was used. "One of our dogs took a slap in the face, and got a glass in his paws." "You have their hold today evening deserved."


With waves of violence that shared from all sides the police had received words of support from some local - and offers from cups of tea - but some had screamed abuse from their Windows.


"It feels something ungrateful at the moment, truth be told," he said, "it seems that is the fault of the police from all sides." Brick would be much better at home with their families than if you threw all officers here. "


Ten years of experience with volatile situations leave had equipped well him, in order to deal with the situation, but other officers were life, he said. "For some of them it is the first time they ever something, and it is frightening for them."


Another officer said the unit had forced, only for non-threatening transport deploy used minivans, but left it vulnerable for attacks by missiles thrown by rioters.


He compared the unrest with student demonstrations. "It is completely different." "There was some violence, but you then not people in general you want to kill."


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London riots: police say their battles lie - the guardian