England’s riots have claimed a fifth life. Richard Mannington Bowes, 68, was left in a coma after being attacked on Monday night. He had been trying to put out a fire in west London. A 22-year-old male suspect is in custody.
More than 1,000 riot and looting-related arrests have been made in London alone. One group of youths, speaking with their faces’ covered, was unrepentant.
“I got off with some TVs as well, plasmas, PS3, laptops and stuff,” said one.
When asked if he had any bad feelings at all, another replied: “No, because I am watching my plasma that I just got. It feels like Christmas came early.”
England has now had a second consecutive night of calm. But in the wake of the riots, Prime Minister David Cameron is under growing pressure to drop plans to cut police funding as part of a government austerity drive.
Police chiefs are unimpressed with his criticism of their initial response to the riots. They say their officers faced an unprecedented situation and unique circumstances.