Tuesday, 9 August 2011

UK riots: 16,000 officers policing London's streets

UK riots: How the night of violence unfolded
Some 16,000 officers are policing London's streets in a bid to prevent a fourth night of rioting.
The Met Police has cancelled overtime and drafted in support from 30 forces.
Shops and businesses in some areas are closing early in a bid to avoid the kind of violence and looting that spread through London on Monday.
PM David Cameron has pledged to restore order, recalling Parliament on Thursday in response to the "sickening scenes", which prompted unrest in other cities.
Two 17-year-olds said they were "showing police and rich people they could do whatever they wanted".
The Metropolitan force has released what it says will be the "first of many" CCTV images of rioting suspects, while 32 people have appeared in court charged with offences such as burglary and criminal damage during the previous riots.
Among them were a graphic designer, college students, a youth worker, a university graduate and a man signed up to join the army. Some gave non-London addresses. Eighteen were remanded in custody.
So far 563 people have been arrested and 105 charged in connection with violence in the capital.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said the use of plastic bullets - never before fired to deal with riots in England - would be "considered carefully" in the event of further disorder.
But he added: "That does not mean we are scared of using any tactic."
Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin had earlier ruled out calling in the Army.

Analysis

Highbury Corner Magistrates Court has dealt with a large number of cases arising from the riots in north London.
Those who appeared this afternoon were all male and generally in their 20s, although there were some youths.
Charges were most commonly burglary and criminal damage. There were a large number of guilty pleas entered.
The magistrates said that their powers of punishment were insufficient in the light of the fact that the offences were committed during a riot, which amounted to a "substantial aggravating feature".
A significant number of those charged were said in court to be of previously good character and had simply been drawn in to the offending.
In one defendant's case, a lawyer described his client as offending in "a moment of madness".
However, the force has drafted in Special constables and community support officers to ensure five times the usual number of officers for a Tuesday will be on duty. Similar staffing levels will be maintained over three days.
Meanwhile, Scotland Yard said a 26-year-old man found shot in a car in Croydon, amid rioting in the south London town, had died in hospital.
Mr Cameron met officers in the Met Police's Gold command in Lambeth on Tuesday afternoon, before speaking to emergency service personnel in Croydon.
He condemned the "sickening scenes of people looting, vandalising, thieving, robbing".
He told rioters: "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 punishment."
The recall of Parliament will allow MPs to "stand together in condemnation of these crimes and to stand together in determination to rebuild these communities", he said.
The prime minister returned early from his holiday in Tuscany to discuss the unrest, which first flared on Saturday after a peaceful protest in Tottenham over the fatal shooting of a man by police.
London has seen a wave of "copycat criminal activity" over the past three days, the Met Police said.
Officers believe some rioters have used BlackBerry Messenger - a service allowing users to send free real-time messages - to organise violence.
Standoff
Meanwhile, two 18-year-olds were arrested in Folkestone, Kent, and a 16-year-old was being questioned in Glasgow on suspicion of inciting violence through internet social networking sites.
Tuesday evening has brought reports of a disturbance in Salford, Greater Manchester, where 70 to 80 young people are in a standoff with police, and West Bromwich where youths have smashed shop windows.
Developments related to Monday's disturbances included:
Monday's violence started in Hackney, north London, at about 16:20 BST after a man was stopped and searched by police, who found nothing.
Clapham resident Nick Shaw escaped unhurt from his home which was set ablaze
Groups of people began attacking officers, wrecking cars with wooden poles and metal bars, and looting shops. Violence then flared separately in other parts of the capital.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who also cut short a holiday to return, was heckled by the members of the public while viewing damage in Clapham Junction on Tuesday.
Some people have complained there have been too few police to deal with the violence.
Mr Johnson told those gathered that those responsible for the violence "face punishment they will bitterly, bitterly regret".
However, when challenged to do more for communities, Mr Johnson rejected "economic or social justifications" for the violence.
Map showing riot locations
The Met said Monday's was "the worst" disorder in "current memory" after incidents across the capital.
It has led to sporting disruption, with Tuesday's Carling Cup matches at Charlton, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Bristol City postponed at the police's request.
England and Holland's friendly at Wembley on Wednesday has also been called off.
The trouble follows two nights of violence over the weekend which started after police shot a man dead in Tottenham.
A peaceful protest in Tottenham on Saturday over the death of Mark Duggan, 29, was followed by violence which spread into this week.

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