After four nights of rioting on England’s streets British Prime Minister David Cameron has again spoken of his determination end the trouble. He was speaking outside Downing Street after another meeting of the UK government’s civil contingencies committee known as COBRA.
“We will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order to our streets. The police are already authorised to use baton rounds (plastic bullets), and we agreed at COBRA that while they are not currently needed, we now have in place contingency plans for water canon to be available at 24 hours notice.”
The British government is concerned not just with the extent of the violence, but also with the amount of looting that has taken place in cities across England.