Police in London are wasting no time in rounding up people suspected of taking part in the recent four days of riots, and confiscating looted articles. Another person has died of injuries sustained during the unrest, bringing the total number of deaths to five.
Using evidence from CCTV cameras the suspects are being identified and then arrested at their homes. More than 1,200 people have been detained so far, and courts are sitting almost round the clock to deal with the cases.
In Britain’s second largest city Birmingham, a giant TV screen is showing riots footage to identify suspects.
“What we are trying to do is ensure the public who know who these people are who have committed these acts of mindless violence and damage and criminality within our city are held to account and brought to justice,” said Chief Inspector Sean Russell.
Prime Minister David Cameron is coming under his first real pressure since gaining office after the police criticised him for saying their reaction to the unrest had been “inadequate”. He has refused to scale back planned cuts in police manpower, while the opposition leader Ed Miliband is demanding he reconsider.