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Summary

  1. A curfew has come into force on the streets of Baltimore.
  2. Police have fired gas canisters to try to disperse remaining crowds.
  3. Very few left on the streets after midnight, police said curfew working.
  4. Protests have been going on for nine days since the death of Freddie Gray.
  5. Gray, 25, died in police custody from unexplained spinal injuries.

Live Reporting

By Paul Blake and Tom Geoghegan

All times stated are UK

And that brings to an end our coverage of the protests and curfew in Baltimore tonight. You can stay up to date with more developments

here

The police use of smoke grenades and pepper balls to enforce the curfew seems to have cleared the streets.

The Associated Press and other media are reporting just a few people left now.

Philip Crowther, France 24,

tweets: Too early to give an all-clear but the confrontation between protesters and police post-curfew may have been just a spurt of violence.

Curfew enforcement

Law enforcement
ABC
Police lined up
ABC
Man throws gas canister back
Reuters

Ferguson unrest

There are

unconfirmed reports that a man has been shot and wounded during protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Post-curfew pics

Gas rising
Reuters
Aerial footage of gas
ABC
Gas canister skids across the road
ABC

Baltimore police say that officers are now using "pepper balls" on the crowd at North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Baltimore Police

tweets: The group at North Ave / Pennsylvania Ave continues to be aggressive. They are throwing items at police officers.

Deray McKesson, an activist,

tweets: North Avenue is still open. And traffic is wild.

Gas deployed

Gas canisters being deployed. It's not clear whether it is tear gas or just smoke.

Gas deployed
ABC

A helicopter hovers overhead and urges people to leave the area.

Helicopter overhead
Reuters

Arrest warning

The loudspeaker telling the media to leave continues, as the police line moves forward.

There are warnings that people who remain will be subject to arrest. It's not yet clear what the police are about to do.

Baltimore Police

tweets: The group at North Ave / Pennsylvania Ave is becoming aggressive & throwing items at police officers.

"Attention all news media we need you to clear the area," a voice identifying itself as The Baltimore Police Department is saying.

A strong spotlight is directed onto the crowd from a helicopter above.

Large crowd

Live aerial footage from Baltimore is showing a large crowd amassed near a police line, with the curfew now in force.

Aerial footage
ABC

With the curfew about to take effect, people are being encouraged by other protesters to go home.

Live video feeds from Chicago show people marching through the streets, chanting and blowing horns.

A man climbed onto the top of a car and was ordered down by police, who are flanking the marchers on bikes.

An officer talking to a man in front of a line of police in riot gear
Getty Images
A police captain tries to calm a protester

'Eyes of the world'

As the curfew has drawn closer, a large group of protesters has remained near the location where the CVS was looted.

A local religious leader was heard using a loudspeaker to urge people to return to their homes.

"Let's show the world, because the eyes of the world are on Baltimore right now," he was heard saying.

Police Capt Eric Kowalczyk just held a press conference reiterating the main exemptions for the curfew - travel to and from work, and medical emergencies.

He is expected to speak again after the curfew is imposed.

Just over 30 minutes are left until the curfew comes into effect, marked by the sounds of bullhorns.

We are awaiting a fresh press conference from police.

A few minutes ago Baltimore Police Capt Eric Kowalczyk said that officers will use discretion in enforcing the restriction.

Colm O'Molloy

BBC News, Baltimore

In the more peaceful parts of town, members of the National Guard have been seen resting as they wait to see if protests spread.

National guardsman sipping a drink as he rests
BBC

A notice posted on the Baltimore school system's website says that schools will be open on Wednesday.

Clinton's take

Hillary Clinton, running for president in 2016, has told a New York fundraiser that "Baltimore is burning.''

"It is heartbreaking, she said. "The tragic death of another young African-American man. The injuries to police officers. The burning of peoples' homes and small businesses. We have to restore order and security. But then we have to take a hard look as to what we need to do to reform our system.''

Rajini Vaidyanathan and Gringo Wotshela

BBC News, Baltimore

In at least one area, citizens have lined up to protect the police.

Two photos of citizens protecting police
BBC

Hero mother

Woman hitting her son
CBS

A mother who was filmed smacking her rioting son, instantly becoming an overnight celebrity, has spoken out about her widely praised actions.

Toya Graham, who some are calling "mom of the year", received praise on social media and from Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

"He knew he was in trouble,"

Ms Graham told CBS News. "I'm a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, knows I don't play that."

The 2,000 National Guardsmen that are patrolling the streets of Baltimore tonight make up the military reservist group's first deployment onto the streets of Baltimore since 1968.

Two soldiers stand guard
Reuters

NBC in Chicago

reports that about 100 people have gathered outside the police headquarters in the city to show solidarity with Baltimore.

Bull horns

Baltimore police

tweet: We will begin using bull horns around 2100 local time (0100 GMT) tonight to remind everyone about the curfew.

Burnt out CVS

Tara McKelvey

BBC News, Baltimore

Four police helicopters can be seen circling the burnt out CVS. People are carrying banners and laughing, while the sound of drums are getting louder. The air smells like marijuana.

A few blocks away authorities are in full riot gear.

Two hours until curfew

The sun is setting, and we're now just under two hours until the curfew comes into effect. Reports from BBC correspondents in Baltimore say that protests are calm, and in some places marked by music and dancing.

A boy with a drum
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A boy tries to keep time with a drum line near the CVS that was burned yesterday

Aleem Maqbool

BBC News, Baltimore

tweets: Baltimore: Obama calls for 'soul searching' over the underlying issues at play.
Our report...

People clearing up in Baltimore
BBC
Woman holding her son
AP
Cierra Powell fights back tears while holding her son, as they listen to an outdoor church service

Tara McKelvey

BBC News, Baltimore

At East Lexington and Gay Street, a guy has music blaring - a mix between hip hop and go-go. People are honking their horns. One woman - she's African American with flowing hair - is standing in a car and looking out of a sunroof and raising her hand in the air in a peace sign. Here it feels like an awesome street party.

Baseball empty seats

Having postponed games on Monday and Tuesday nights, the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox will play Wednesday - but the stands will be empty, due to safety concerns.

The game is believed to be the first game without fans in major league baseball's 145-season history.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards
AP
A 17-year-old, Daquan Green, sits on the curb in front of riot police
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A 17-year-old, Daquan Green, sits on the curb in front of riot police

Jon Sopel

North America editor

writes: From the hapless Baltimore mayor through to the president the point has been made - rioting achieves nothing.

But sadly it has. It has caught people's attention - because it has conformed to the journalist's law of what makes a story - it is rare, unexpected and unusual.

Perhaps the lesson is we need to take more notice of things that lead to the riots and sense of alienation by disaffected young African-Americans.

The white cop assaulting or shooting a black man may not be that unusual, but it has already led to dire consequences for those living in Ferguson and in Baltimore.

Rajini Vaidyanathan

BBC News, Baltimore

tweets: Must watch. Jazz musicians play during Baltimore Protest [Video].

Man singing into a loudspeaker
BBC

Maryland's governor, Larry Hogan, said 2,000 National Guardsmen and 1,000 police have been deployed.

The city is under curfew from 10pm and the Baltimore Orioles have cancelled Tuesday night's game at Camden Yards.

On Tuesday evening, hundreds of people were back on the streets but the protests have been largely peaceful.

Protesters
AFP