By Marcus Leach

London was left in shock late on Monday as rioting continued to spread throughout the city for a third night running.

What had started on Friday night in Tottenham has now spread throughout the city as riots swept through Peckham, Clapham, Hackney and Croydon, as well as further afield in Birmingham.

The scenes that shook the nation on Friday began as retaliation to the shooting of Mark Duggan, but now seem to be spiralling out of control as mobs of youths take to the streets in senseless rioting and looting, leaving a trail of destruction behind them.

With police and firefighters deployed throughout the city cars were being set on fire, shops were ablaze and kids fought with the police.

In Hackney, police sealed off an area after police car windows were smashed.

The prime minister has announced he will return early from his holiday to chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra.

Mr Cameron was due to board a flight home on Monday evening to hold emergency talks as the authorities look to regain control of the city.

However, with the Olympics less than a year away it remains to be seen if confidence in the city and country can be restored.

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