However the rumour alone was sufficient to further fuel tensions in the area.
The spread of news and rumours about the previous evening's disturbances in Tottenham sparked riots during the night of Sunday 7 August in the London districts of Brixton, Enfield, Islington and Wood Green and in Oxford Circus in the centre of London.
Looting and violence continued in two locations around Manchester and Liverpool.
Beyond the CCTV, looters were filmed and photographed with their faces visible.
Meanwhile it was reported this weekend that Barclays has begun a search to replace its chairman Sir David Walker, 74, who took over in 2012 in the wake of the Libor scandal. On Thursday 4 August 2011, a police officer shot and killed 29-year-old Mark Duggan during an intelligence-led, targeted vehicle stop procedure on the Ferry Lane bridge next to Tottenham Hale station.Friends and relatives of Duggan said that he was unarmed.The police later revealed that initial ballistics tests on the bullet recovered from the police radio indicate that it was a "very distinct" police issue hollow-point bullet.On 13 August, the IPCC stated that Duggan did not open fire: "It seems possible that we may have verbally led journalists to [wrongly] believe that shots were exchanged".On Saturday 6 August a protest was held, initially peacefully, beginning at Broadwater Farm and finishing at Tottenham police station.