Britain rioters were from 44 nations

October 24th, 2011 - 8:10 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 24 (IANS) Robbers, vandals and thugs from 44 countries took part in the riots in August in Britain, a media report said Monday.

The sheer number from different corners of the globe is one of the strongest indicators yet that the riots had nothing to do with political protest but was born of greed, the Daily Mail reported.

Prison statistics revealed that 14 percent of those jailed for burglary, robbery, theft, criminal damage and disorder during the riots were born abroad.

Jamaicans represented the largest group of foreign inmates followed by Somali and Polish offenders. The list also included those from Colombia, Iraq, Congo, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

Countrywide, police made over 4,000 arrests, with 2,952 suspects held in London alone.

The justice ministry has released a breakdown of the nationalities of those jailed for riot-related offences committed between Aug 6, when the trouble exploded in Tottenham, and Aug 9, when disorder spread outside London to Manchester, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

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