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London rioters resent media image of hooded teen thug

LONDON (Reuters) – Residents of a London housing estate laughed at a televised plea by police for parents to call their children and help rein in the youths who looted and burned swathes of the city. A youth makes a rude gesture as he leaves Highbury Magistrates court where he appeared over his alleged involvement in the trouble in London August 10, 2011. (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton) Not only were some of the parents at the riots themselves, but many of those taking part were not the hooded, teenage delinquents on which many have pinned the blame for the worst street riots Britain has seen for decades. “Some of the parents were there. For some parents it was no big surprise their kids were…