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Pair Charged With Triple Murder Over U.K. Riot Deaths

Firefighters douse a burned-out building following a week of violence on Britain's streets.
Police say that a man and a teenager are due in court on August 1, charged with the murder of three men hit by a car while defending their neighborhood against looters.

They are the first people to be charged over the deaths that occurred during Britain's worst riots in decades that began in London on August 6 and spread to other major English cities.

Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali, and his brother Abdul Musavir were killed early on August 10 by the entrance to a fuel station in the inner-city neighborhood of Winson Green in Birmingham.

Joshua Donald, 26, from nearby Ladywood and a 17-year-old male from Winson Green were charged Saturday with three counts of murder. The police cannot name those aged under 18.

A total of 509 people have been arrested across the greater Birmingham conurbation following last week's disorder.

compiled from agency reports