East London in FLAMES as rioters launch fireworks and hurl bottles at police



A protest over the death of Rashan Charles who died after being chased by police erupted into violent clashes last night.
A group of angry demonstrators barricaded part of Kingsland Road in east London with wheelie bins, mattresses, and other debris at around 3.40pm.
But as darkness fell, parts of the barricade were set on fire and riot police moved in.
Riot police at a protest in Kingsland Road in east London, where people gathered in response to the death of Rashan Charles
Image:Riot police on Kingsland Road
Angry clashes broke out at around 10pm, as scores of missiles were launched at police as they attempted to disperse the group.
Restaurants and bars pulled down their shutters, locking customers inside, as the protesters were pushed down Kingsland High Street and beyond Dalston Kingsland Station.
The violence appeared to have been dispersed shortly after 11pm but shattered glass littered the streets and a helicopter continued to circle above.
A lorry attempts to drive through makeshift road blocks at a protest in Kingsland Road in east London
Image:When a lorry drove through the barricade protesters jumped on board
A few hours earlier, protesters jumped onto a lorry which drove through and clung to its wing mirrors as it hit the bins lined up in its path.
A man sat on one bin, which was pushed along by the vehicle, while another clambered on to its roof as it continued to drive.
It eventually came to a stop, with its window and windscreen smashed, but left the scene after the driver spoke to police.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the events leading to the death of Mr Charles on Saturday 22 July.
Riot police at a protest in Kingsland Road in east London, where people gathered in response to the death of Rashan Charles
Image:Traffic cones, rubbish and glass littered the streets
Unverified footage on social media appeared to show at least one police officer attempting to restrain him on the floor of a shop at 1.45am, close to where the protest was held.
Scotland Yard said after entering the shop, Mr Charles was seen "trying to swallow an object" and was then taken ill.
The 20-year-old later died in hospital.
The IPCC said in a statement on Friday: "We understand the concerns raised following Rashan's death.
"We will independently examine the circumstances of this incident, we will follow the evidence, we will consider whether there is an indication there may have been misconduct or criminality, and we will seek to answer the questions that Rashan's family and the community of Hackney understandably have."
East London in FLAMES as rioters launch fireworks and hurl bottles at police East London in FLAMES as rioters launch fireworks and hurl bottles at police Reviewed by Alexander Von Stern on 23:30:00 Rating: 5