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London riots spread to northern cities as police issue stark warnings [VIDEO]

While a massive police showing seems to have largely deterred a fourth night of rioting in London, three youths died after being hit by a car during riots in Birmingham.

By Ian EvansCorrespondent / August 10, 2011

A policeman and his dog walk towards a burning car in central Birmingham, England, Aug. 9. Thousands of policemen prepared to deploy on London's streets on Tuesday night to head off rioters and looters who have rampaged through parts of the British capital virtually unchecked for the past three nights.

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Riots that started in London spread to several English cities last night with widespread looting and arson leading to scores of arrests.

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As a massive police presence in the capital appeared to quell unrest there, youths in major cities including Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol, Leicester, and Wolverhampton took to the streets robbing main-street stores and attacking officers.

A senior Manchester police official, Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, said 110 people were arrested overnight in the city and in neighboring Salford and that officers were already sifting through CCTV camera images today to identify looters.

"Already today we have begun the process of arresting people whose images have been captured on CCTV and other media," he said in a stark warning to troublemakers. "My message is extremely simple: Hundreds and hundreds of people, we have your image, we have your face, we have your acts of wanton criminality on film. We are coming for you [starting] today, and no matter how long it takes, we will arrest those people responsible."

Three youths die in Birmingham riots

In England’s second most populous city, Birmingham, where the English cricket team is due to start a five-day test match against India today, three people died after being hit by a car when reportedly trying to defend local shops in the Winson Green area from looters. Police said a murder inquiry had been launched and more than 100 arrested in the West Midlands.

Despite the looting and arson in other cities, London – which endured the worst of the violence over the previous three nights – was calm with only isolated pockets of trouble.

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More than 16,000 police officers backed up by mounted police, dog teams, and helicopters provided the show of strength promised by Prime Minister David Cameron after arriving back from holiday on Tuesday.

Just 24 hours after widespread riots, looting and arson, potential flashpoints were eerily quiet with few people on the streets.

In Clapham Junction, south London, where the previous night rioters had smashed shops and set fire to property, police guarded barriers on no-through roads with pubs quieter than usual and commuters from the nearby railway station – the UK’s busiest – scurrying home.

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