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'Poor parenting, fewer opportunities for youth, materialism' sparked off UK riots.

London, Mar 28 ( ANI ): Poor parenting, lack of opportunities for young people, materialism and suspicion of the police played a major role in sparking last year's British riots, an independent panel set up by the UK government has concluded.

The report, by the Riots Communities and Victims Panel, also said that the riots were result of failure of the justice system to rehabilitate offenders.

The panel called for more people to be given 'a stake in society' to help prevent a repeat of the disturbances.

"When people don't feel they have a reason to stay out of trouble, the consequences for communities can be devastating - as we saw last August," The Guardian quoted Darra Singh, chair of the panel, as saying.

According to the paper, the report, released on Wednesday, stressed that the 'key to avoiding future riots is to have communities that work.'

Recommendations include fines for schools that fail to teach children to read properly, earlier and better support for troubled families, a 'youth job promise' to get more young people into work, and primary and secondary schools to 'undertake regular assessments of pupils' strength of character'.

The report pointed out that half the recorded offences in the riots were for looting, often of high-value products, including designer clothes, trainers, mobile phones and computers.

The report called for young people to be 'protected from excessive marketing' and for the Advertising Standards Authority to work to increase children's resilience to advertising.

It also recommended the appointment of an "independent champion to manage a dialogue between government and big brands". ( ANI )

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