Riots: More than 200 arrested on Merseyside

More than 200 people have now been arrested after rioting on Merseyside last week, police have said.

Disturbances spread from Liverpool city centre to Toxteth, Dingle and Wavertree on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

There was also violence and disorder in parts of Birkenhead.

Merseyside Police said they had charged almost 90 people with offences including theft, violent disorder and possessing offensive weapons.

The force said there was a "strong" presence on the streets over the weekend and no reports of any significant disruption.

On Monday night, about 200 youths took to the streets from Toxteth to Wavertree, centred on the Smithdown Road area.

Cars were set alight and there were reports of many people throwing missiles at the emergency services.

Four fire engines were taken out of service after they were damaged.

The violence also spread to Wirral on Tuesday when cars and wheelie bins were set alight and shop windows were smashed in Birkenhead.

Police have released CCTV images of suspects and have urged anyone with information to contact the force.

Supermarket giant Tesco has said it is still assessing the extent of the damage caused at its Tesco Express store in Myrtle Street, Liverpool, which was looted in last week's disturbances.

The store was the worst affected of the chain's outlets in the city and the company said it could not give a date for its reopening.

"We are working as hard as we can to get it reopened," said a company spokesman.

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