PM unveils riot crisis plan
Last updated at 10:30, Thursday, 11 August 2011
THE PRIME Minister has warned rioters they face tough punishments, after trouble spread last night.
David Cameron has been forced to return early from holiday to deal with the escalating crisis.
Scenes of widespread looting, violence and arson were seen not only in London, where riots began on Saturday night, but in other major cities including Liverpool and Birmingham.
And in a speech this morning, Mr Cameron condemned the action of those who have taken part in the chaos.
He said: "People should be in no doubt that we will do everything necessary to restore order to British streets and make them safe for the law abiding.
"This is criminality, pure and simple, and has to be confronted and defeated. It is quite clear that much more police on the streets and even more robust police action."
At least 400 people have been arrested following the riots across London over the past three days, the Met Police said. Scotland Yard said 69 people had been charged with offences.
Mr Cameron announced that police numbers would be increased, that court procedures would be speeded up and that more arrests are to be expected. Parliament will be recalled on Thursday for an emergency debate on the riots.
And the PM also addressed those who have been responsible for the chaos.
He said: "You will feel the full force of the law. And if you are old enough to commit these crimes you are old enough to face the punishments."
Chaos has descended in London, with the Fire Service stating it answered 2,169 999 calls between 6pm last night and just after 7am this morning, around 15 times the number it would get on an average day.
Volunteers have began to use social networking in a positive way, with mass clean ups of the areas affected by the riots being cleaned organised around London and Birmingham.
First published at 08:26, Tuesday, 09 August 2011
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I think its absolutely disgraceful.
They wreck the place-cause panic and dismay-then run off with all the goodies,'and their not even BANKERS'?.
No Trevor, you are so right. Let's open a dialogue. Let's TALK to these people who are destroying their own neighbourhoods, ruining peoples lifes work without any regard, flouting the law of the country without a care in the world. You are so right that the current austere climate is affecting them so badly that they NEED to do this rioting. Yes, lets TALK to them. That'll help, won't it. Talk. Yes, I can see where you are coming from. Obviously these scum can be talked to like civilised people, and will listen to reason. Don't make me laugh. It is obvious that these are people with no regard for others, for society, for the law. Don't give me your hearts and minds rubbish. These are not good people, and should be dealt with harshly. We as working people are supporting them with money, housing, childcare, and this is how they view that support; with total disregard and disrespect. Those people burned out of their homes and shops have funded these scum for years, and this is how they are repaid? Take your softly softly comments elsewhere Trevor; I'm afraid they're falling on deaf ears.
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