British prime minister David Cameron says parliament will be recalled for a one-day session on Thursday following the wave of rioting in several English cities.
He had flown home from holiday for a crisis summit with police and security chiefs.
The prime minister condemned the violence as “criminality… pure and simple”’. He has promised “more robust” policing: numbers of officers will be more than doubled on Tuesday night in the capital, from 6,000 to 16,000.
A 26-year old man shot during rioting in south London has died of his injuries, according to reports quoting police.
The violence has spread from London to several other cities, including Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool and Nottingham.
There has been surprise at the scale and ferocity of the destruction, which has been described as “unprecedented”.
Police and fire crews have been overstretched and often unable to respond to emergency calls.
The prime minister said the perpetrators of the violence would “feel the full force of the law”.
“There’s already 450 people arrested (in London),” said David Cameron, speaking outside Number 10 Downing Street. “We will make sure that make court procedures and processes are speeded up and people should expect to see more, many more arrests in the days to come. I’m determined, the government is determined that justice will be done and these people will see the consequences of their actions.”
Insurers estimate the damage is likely to cost “tens of millions of pounds”.
England’s football match against the Netherlands which was due to take place on Wednesday has been cancelled.