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Riots: Two charged over disorder in Leicester

Two people have been charged over disorder in Leicester.

Windows were smashed on Granby Street, Humberstone Gate, Highcross Shopping Centre and the cultural quarter on Tuesday night.

Fourteen people, aged between 14 and 50, were arrested on suspicion of offences including criminal damage, burglary and violent disorder.

A 17-year-old male has been charged with criminal damage and a man, 50, was charged with public order offences.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said by 22:00 BST on Wednesday, 10 people in total had been arrested in the city in separate incidents.

The arrests included a man in possession of a hammer and two 15-year-olds in possession of a weapon.

All officers' leave has been cancelled to try to prevent a repeat of the trouble.

Ch Supt Rob Nixon said: "We have cancelled all officers' rest days so any officer has now been notified that they are no longer on rest days and it is compulsory 12-hour shifts.

"The public are giving us some fantastic support and there is a recognition out there that we are doing as much as we can."

Leicestershire Police said that following disruption in the city on Tuesday night with groups of youths using bikes to get around to cause trouble, officers would be stopping them and giving them a choice of either leaving the city or having the air let out of their tyres.

'Totally bemused'

Police officers also now have the power to challenge anyone in Leicester covering their faces and will ask people to remove the masks.

On Tuesday night, two Age UK ambulances were set on fire, one of which was completely destroyed.

A charity spokesman said damage put at more than £30,000 had been caused.

The ambulances were used to transport elderly people, many with dementia, to and from day centres.

Leicester's mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, said he had seen children younger than 12 taking part in the riots.

"I was totally bemused really because this wasn't any sort of protest or anything that had any meaning to it all. These were kids.

"What on earth do their parents think they are doing letting them run around the city centre doing this sort of damage?"

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