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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 May, 2004, 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK
Night of peace as tension eases
Prayers for peace
A second night of calm followed a day of prayers for peace
High-profile police patrols are to continue in part of Peterborough which has been marred by racial violence.

Police in the city said there was no racial unrest on Friday night, but extra police would remain on the streets on Saturday and Sunday.

Officers believe the strong presence will help deter further conflicts between Iraqi Kurd asylum seekers and the Pakistani community.

The city's Millfield area has seen four nights of arson, vandalism and fights.

Houses set alight

There were prayers for peace and reconciliation at the Pakistani community's mosque on Friday after almost a week of civil unrest with fighting, criminal damage and mobs on the street.

The troubles, which broke out on Sunday, saw vehicles and houses set alight on Monday and Tuesday.

Large numbers of officers were mobilised and the force helicopter and police dog handlers were called in to bring the situation under control and local officers were reinforced by police from Essex.

Police are continuing to carry-out house-to house inquiries in the Millfield area in the wake of the violence.

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