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Fightback on in London


CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Fightback on in London

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“We needed a fightback and a fightback is under way”, the prime minister has said after four days of riots.
David Cameron said every action would be taken to restore order, with contingency plans for water cannon to be available at 24 hours’ notice.
On Tuesday night, unrest spread to cities including Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham, with shops being looted and set alight.
Three men died when they were hit by a car in Birmingham.
Cameron, speaking after a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee, said police had the legal backing to use any tactics necessary to bring the situation under control, including using baton rounds.
He said: “This continued violence is simply not acceptable, and it will be stopped. We will not put up with this in our country. We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets.
“We have seen the worst of Britain, but I also believe we have seen some of the best of Britain – the million people who have signed up on Facebook to support the police, coming together in the clean-up operations.”
The PM said more arrests would take place as police worked through CCTV evidence. “Picture by picture, the criminals are being identified and arrested,” he said. (BBC)

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