Manchester open for business

Manchester is open for business today despite a night of fires, lootings and arrests.

Greater Manchester Police said the number of arrests for disorder in Manchester city centre and Salford have risen to 108.

Manchester City Council said the city would be open for business as usual with a clean-up planned at Piccadilly Gardens. Fire bombs were thrown at shops and windows were smashed as looters made off with designer clothes, expensive electrical items, jewellery, mobile phones and alcohol.

Calm was not largely restored in both locations until around 1am as 47 arrests were made with officers from Northumbria, Staffordshire and North Wales assisting Greater Manchester Police. Beforehand, sporadic looting broke out across the city centre with gangs playing cat and mouse with riot police.

A stone slab was used to smash the front door of Foot Asylum in the Arndale Centre and more than 50 others followed and rifled through the store while another mob broke into Bang & Olufsen in King Street which was virtually wiped out of its electrical items. Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher's recently opened fashion boutique in King Street - Pretty Green - also fell victim to the looters, while Miss Selfridge in Market Street was set alight.

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