Police praise Sunderland and Washington public for their calm in the wake of riots

A shocking scene from London's riots.
A shocking scene from London's riots.
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WEARSIDERS have been praised for remaining calm during the riots that have swept across the country.

 Northumbria Police said the region has not experienced any of the trouble that has plagued London and other cities, including Manchester, Liverpool and Nottingham.

 The praise comes as it was revealed a man who was attacked by rioters on Monday as he tried to put out a fire has died.

 It brings the death toll of the trouble to five.

 Richard Mannington Bowes, 68, was left in a coma after he was set upon by a mob in Ealing.

 Detectives have now launched a murder investigation.

 Bosses at Northumbria Police today said they have officers on stand-by to deal with any problems that may erupt.

 Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Dave Pryer said: “People are showing respect and pride for the area they live in.

 “It is extremely encouraging that many communities throughout the force area are expressing their resolve to ensure that events seen in other parts of the country do not happen here.

 “We have extra officers patrolling the streets and they are there to help and reassure our local communities.

 “The feedback and support they are receiving from the public is very positive.

 “By working together we can ensure that Northumbria’s streets remains safe and peaceful.”

 The force has also sent officers to London to help deal with the violence and unrest.