A man has died after being shot during rioting in Croydon which also saw buildings set on fire.

Man shot amid Croydon riots (Reuters)

Scotland Yard said the 26-year-old man who was shot in a car during riots last night has died in hospital.

Police found the shooting victim amid the disorder which swept Croydon last night. Riots hit the south London borough as violence, arson and looting spread to new London boroughs and further across Britain. Violence first erupted in Tottenham on Saturday night and has escalated since then.

Police were called at 9.15pm last night to reports the man had been found injured at Warrington Road in Croydon.

A spokesman said: "Two other people, believed to be in their late 20s, were also at the scene. They were arrested for handling stolen goods and taken to a south London police station."

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The man was taken to a south London hospital. The shooting is being investigated by Scotland Yard's Trident operational command unit, which deals with gun crime in the black community.

Police in London and elsewhere have been seriously stretched by the days of riots. Hundreds of people have been arrested and all police cells in London are full, with prisoners moved out to premises owned by other forces.