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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

RIOTS SPREAD BEYOND LONDON: PM Cameron recalls Parliament, promises robust police action!

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The Associated Press / NDTV / Updated: August 09, 2011 16:34 IST.

London:  British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. Mr Cameron described the scenes of burned buildings and smashed windows on the streets of London and several other British cities as "sickening."

However, he refrained from ordering more extreme anti-rioting measures, such as calling in the military to help the beleaguered police restore order.

Mr Cameron canceled all leave for police and promised to bring in reinforcements from around the country. He said 450 arrests had been made so far, and promised many more if the looting continued. "I am determined, the government is determined, to see justice done," he said in a televised news conference. (Watch)

A wave of violence and looting has raged across London, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (See pictures)

In London, groups of young people rampaged for a third straight night, setting buildings, vehicles and garbage dumps alight, looting stores and pelting police officers with bottles and fireworks into early Tuesday. The spreading disorder was an unwelcome warning of the possibility of violence during London's 2012 Summer Olympics, less than a year away.

In a rare move, England's soccer match Wednesday against the Netherlands in London's Wembley stadium was canceled, preventing unruly crowds from gathering and freeing up police officers who would have protected the game.

Police called in hundreds of reinforcements and volunteer police officers-- and made a rare decision to deploy armored vehicles in some of the worst-hit districts -- but still struggled to keep pace with the chaos unfolding at flashpoints across London, in the central city of Birmingham, the western city of Bristol and the northwestern city of Liverpool.

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