UK police arrest over 200 as London riots continue

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LONDON (AP) -- British Home Secretary Theresa May says the number of people arrested in rioting in London has reached 215.

May says 27 people have been charged so far in the unrest and looting that has stretched over three days. Police said 35 police officers were injured.

The unrest was sparked by a police shooting, but some blamed unemployment, insensitive policing and opportunistic looting for the worst violence the city has seen in years.

Police and politicians insisted the disorder was the work of a criminal minority and not a sign of social tensions or security lapses ahead of the 2012 Games.