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Second night of Eltham trouble: bottles thrown at police

PUBLISHED: 12:24 11 August 2011 | UPDATED: 15:11 11 August 2011

Riot police on Eltham High Street on Wednesday night

Riot police on Eltham High Street on Wednesday night

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Missiles were thrown at police officers in Eltham High Street, on an otherwise peaceful night in London.

Around 100 people were dispersed by officers by 10pm.

Among the group were residents who claimed they were defending their neighbourhoods.

Reports from the scene say that members of the English Defence League were among the group.

This comes after members of the English Defence League descended on Eltham on Tuesday night.

Scores of people gathered in Eltham High Street in the evening after rumours that the area would be the latest place to be hit by looters.

On Monday night, looting in Woolwich and Charlton took place together with other areas of south London, including Croydon and Clapham and Lewisham.

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Labour MP for Eltham, Clive Efford, who cut short his holiday to return to the area, said: “There were people from the English Defence League who were drinking most of the day. The police asked them to move on, they were intent on causing trouble.”

Two Facebook groups - called Support our Eltham Men and Eltham – Sticking together and making a stand – have been set up.

They say they are trying to protect Eltham. Each has more than 8,000 supporters.

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