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Levy concerned over Tottenham riots

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has voiced his concern at the damage caused to the club's ticket office and the rest of the area by rioters this weekend.

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Rioting erupted on Saturday evening less than a mile from White Hart Lane after a peaceful protest against the fatal shooting of local man Mark Duggan turned violent. Cars and buildings were set alight in the trouble, which spread to other parts of the capital.

The club's Park Lane ticket office will be shut until Wednesday at the earliest after it was broken in to and vandalised on Saturday night. Spurs have also cancelled tours of White Hart Lane and have urged fans to buy their tickets for this Saturday's home match against Everton, which is still scheduled to go ahead, either online or via telephone.

Levy spoke of his dismay at the rioting in a statement, which read: ''As a major employer and business in the area, the club is deeply saddened by recent events. We are concerned about the disruption to local people's lives and the effect on the community as a whole.

''The situation has also meant that vandals have unfortunately been able to use the events as an opportunity to loot and destroy property and business premises. This is the second time this has happened in our area in recent times (the last incident being the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985).

''Our hope is that calm and order is restored as soon as possible and that we can now look to rebuild the area and the spirit of the community.''

Spurs continue to plan for this weekend's Premier League opener against the Toffees as usual, but police will monitor the situation and advise whether the game should go ahead. Any decision to call off the game on security grounds will have to be sanctioned by the Premier League.

Tottenham is one of the most deprived areas in the capital and suffers from a high rate of unemployment and Levy continued his statement by saying the club will offer help as the local community try and rebuild from the damage caused.

''We have immediately offered further support to the community and are discussing how best to tangibly assist with the aftermath of these events with our local MP David Lammy and Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council.

''The club is committed to supporting its community with help with both the physical clean up of our area and the longer term rebuilding of the community spirit.

''It is more critical than ever that community, business and political leaders - local and national, public and private - now work closely together to support the regeneration of this area and we shall certainly look to play our part in that.''

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