Rioting halts filming on Sherlock series two

Shooting abandoned as looters approach

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Filming on the new series of Sherlock was interrupted yesterday afternoon as looters advanced on the north London location where it was shooting.

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Co-creator and star Mark Gatiss told Twitter followers: “This is a new one on me. Scene incomplete owing to approaching looters. Unbelievable times.”

And he made clear the fear the mob were capable of instilling when he replied to a tweet from follower @caitlinmoran: “Unit evacuated. F***ing terrifying! Tomorrow should be contained. Fingers crossed!”

Gatiss was filming the new, second series of Sherlock – a modern-day re-working of the tales of the great detective – with co-creator Steven Moffat and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

The three-part series is currently due to be broadcast in 2012 after being postponed from its original air date of the end of this year.

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Reports this morning suggest rioting in London has died down, but other cities, including Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham, are now experiencing similar outbreaks of looting and vandalism.