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Reading the riots ? reaction

PUBLISHED December 5, 2011
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Paul Owen rounds up the reaction to the Guardian and London School of Economics's unprecedented study into the August riots across England

9.38am: Today the Guardian and the London School of Economics have launched our Reading the Riots project ? the biggest study into the causes of the UK riots conducted so far.

We interviewed 270 rioters about what lay behind the summer's disturbances in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Salford and elsewhere.

Here my colleagues Paul Lewis, Matthew Taylor and James Ball, and the LSE's Tim Newburn, explain the key findings ? that widespread anger and frustration with the way the police engage with communities was a significant factor behind the rioting.

Raekha Prasad examines the issue of policing in detail here.

Guardian video and BBC Newsnight have made this gripping film about the findings.

Here Paul Lewis tells the story of the riots from start to finish, drawing on the testimonies of the rioters we interviewed

Here James Ball, Matthew Taylor and Tim Newburn explain what we have discovered about who the rioters were.

And here Paul Lewis and Tim Newburn explain how the study was carried out and why we chose to do it this way.

Every day we will be publishing profiles of rioters we interviewed. Here are three from today:

? 'Looting was nothing personal. It's just business'

? 'I'm a bit of a troublemaker'

? 'This is some next-level revolution coming'

And every day we will be speaking to victims of the riots about what happened to them and how they feel. Today Helen Clifton speaks to John Henn, whose jeweller's in Wolverhampton was badly damaged during the riots.

Here is an animation showing how the rioters travelled from their homes to the places where they rioted. Simon Rogers explains how that was created here.

Meet the whole research team here.

Paul Lewis was on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning explaining the project and you can hear it here.

We will be rounding up all the comment and reaction to our study ? the findings of which we will continue to publish throughout the week ? in this live blog today.

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