Developments in Bristol and Liverpool suggest we are entering a very dangerous time

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by Martin Odoni

Following up on events in Bristol over the weekend, it is become increasingly clear that the police were, at best, grossly misleading the media about how the riot broke out.

One assertion that was all over the media within minutes of the police leaking it to them was that police officers fighting the rioters had suffered broken bones. This claim has now been quietly retracted., and that in turn indicates that the violence may have beeen less severe than had been made out on the night.

Thangam Debbonaire’s reaction is so full of generic, pompous outrage that anyone watching or listening could be forgiven for not noticing a word she said.

With a follow-up protest taking place on Tuesday also breaking out into milder violence, Andrew Plant for the BBC was on the scene to report that all was peaceful… until the police showed up in…

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