UK police arrest 6 over London riots

May 31, 2012 - 11:48 AM

LONDON (AP) — British police say six people have been arrested on suspicion of instigating the riots that swept London last summer.

Scotland Yard says the suspects were netted in dawn raids across London targeting suspected gang members.

The force said those arrested are suspected of involvement in the initial disorder which took place in north London that "clearly acted as a catalyst" for the further unrest.

Riots erupted Aug. 6 in north London and flared for four nights across the capital and other English cities as street gangs and looters trashed shops and vehicles.

Police said Thursday that one 19-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and burglary, while five male suspected gang members — aged 17 to 19 — were arrested on similar charges.