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British Insurers Pay Out 200 Million Pounds After 2011 Riots

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- British insurers paid out 200 million pounds ($312 million) to homeowners, motorists and retailers over the 12 months since last August’s riots in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Insurance companies have settled or made initial payments on about 95 percent of the 3,000 claims made, the Association of British Insurers said in an e-mailed statement today. The figure doesn’t include uninsured businesses making claims against the police under the Riot Damages Act of 1886.

More than 1,500 people were arrested following the worst civil disorder since the 1980s in London, when rioters broke into shops, looted goods and set cars and property on fire. The unrest began Aug. 6 in the north London suburb of Tottenham after a local black man, Mark Duggan, was shot and killed by police who had stopped his car intending to make an arrest. The violence later spread to other U.K. cities including Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds.

“While insurers have settled or paid against the vast majority of claims, over half of claims submitted by insurers to police authorities under the Riot Damages Act have been declined,” Aidan Kerr, head of property at the ABI, said in the statement. “This shows insurers are doing all they can to look after their customers, despite not getting their claims settled by the police authorities.”

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