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London Police Make Riot Murder Arrest; Stolen Bulgari Ring Found

August 15, 2011

Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- London police arrested a fourth person in connection with the shooting death of a father of four at the hands of alleged looters during last week’s rioting in the British capital.

A 24-year-old man was arrested Aug. 13 during an armed raid by officers probing the murder of Trevor Ellis, who was found five days earlier shot in the head in a car in London’s Croydon neighborhood while rioters burned nearby shops and apartments, Metropolitan Police said in a statement yesterday. The man is among more than 1,580 people who have been detained in London since the disorder began, they said.

“Trevor Ellis was murdered on a night where Croydon, and in fact London, saw unprecedented levels of violence and disorder,” Detective Neil Hutchison said in the statement. “I believe his killers were actively involved in looting.”

Rioting across the capital started after a peaceful protest over the police shooting of north London resident Mark Duggan descended into violence that spread to other U.K. cities. Police have come under fire from politicians who said their tactics to counter the rioting didn’t work and London Mayor Boris Johnson called for a review of proposed cuts in police budgets.

Police also released a photograph of a Bulgari ring they uncovered during a raid on a suspected looter’s home near London’s Notting Hill neighborhood. Diners and customers in the area were robbed during the riots when gangs of youths raided establishments, including the Bumpkin restaurant and the Walmer Castle pub.

Authorities reported in a separate statement that a 33- year-old man has been charged in connection with a fire at Reeves Furniture store in Croydon, also on Aug. 8, which burned out of control and consumed nearby buildings.

Police said a “key witness” to a separate murder during the riots has come forward. That case, over the killing of Richard Bowes, has already led to two arrests.

--Editors: Christopher Scinta, Andrew Atkinson

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