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British PM takes tough stance on riots

British PM takes tough stance on riots
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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.

“Picture by picture these criminals are being identified and arrested and we will not let any phoney concerns about human rights get in the way of the publication of these pictures and the arrest of these individuals,” Cameron said.

The prime minister stress that he will not allow a culture of fear to exist on the streets of Britain.