Youths burned a warehouse and looted a supermarket in a third night of violence which resulted in 75 arrests. But 2,000 police, many drafted from nearby towns, prevented the night-long sporadic clashes from turning into another full-scale riot. No gasoline bombs were hurled at police, who had asked service stations to close to deny fuel to rioters.
The trouble was again confined to Toxteth, a run-down inner-city area with a high black population, the scene last weekend of some of the worst rioting in Britain's history.
Police said those most recently involved were nearly all white.
Some politicians and community leaders blame poor housing and high unemployment for the trouble. With Liverpool bearing the brunt of recession, unemployment in the city is 17 perce nt and in Toxteth 40 percent.