Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined measures to combat and address the recent riots in London and other cities.
He was speaking to MP’s recalled from their summer recess for the first time in nine years.
In a wide ranging speech in the House of Commons he began by condemning the actions of the rioters which had been flashed in images across the world.
“What we have seen in the streets of London and in other cities across our country is completely unacceptable and I am sure the whole house will join me in condemning it. Keeping people safe is the first duty of government, the whole country has been shocked by the most appalling scenes of people looting, violence, vandalising and thieving. It is criminality, pure and simple and there is absolutely no excuse for it,” he told the House.
The Prime Minister said there would be financial help for businesses which had been targeted, support for communities, new powers for police and action to tackle street gangs. He said they would look at how other countries have dealt with such problems to see if there were lessons which could be learned.