Wake up call people, these are not ‘disfranchised ‘youths’, but thievery and thuggery unleashed upon society, something people might call a sign of the breakdown of the civil society. KGS
We will use water cannons on them: At last Cameron orders police to come down hard on the looters (some aged as young as NINE)
- Offices will have 24 hours notice to roll out powerful water cannons on yobs
- Society is ‘broken and sick’, says David Cameron today
- U-turn on ‘softly softly’ approach earlier this week as police finally vow to come down hard on offenders
- Three men killed in Birmingham as hit-and-run prompts triple murder investigation
- Serious disorder in Manchester, but also unrest in Wolverhampton, West Bromwich and Salford
- Violence in Liverpool, Leicester and Nottingham where police station is fire-bombed by gang
- Gloucester also struck by violence as firefighters tackle blaze at derelict art college
- Police investigating reports that shots have been fired at police officer in Birmingham
- Fire damages recycling facility in Tottenham
- 16,000 officers on London’s streets keep the capital calm
- 109 arrests in West Midlands, 110 in Manchester and Salford and 50 across Merseyside. 19 are arrested in Bristol
- 768 people arrested in London since Saturday and 167 charged. 81 are arrested overnight
- Liam Gallagher’s Manchester boutique smashed and ransacked
- Ebay and Gumtree will help police to identify stolen goods being sold online
By EMILY ALLEN
David Cameron today gave the go ahead for police to use water cannons on rioters after children as young as nine looted stores and made off with bottles of wine and Vodka in fresh violence that flared around the UK yesterday.
The children wore tracksuits and unlike hardened older thugs they innocently disregarded covering their faces as they ran through the shattered glass of supermarkets to fill their pockets with looted goods.
But today, the police were given the green light to use water cannons with 24 hours notice. Prime Minister David Cameron said that plans had been put in place to deal with the disorder using water cannons – the first time they have been used in the UK.
The comments were seen as u-turn on what Home Secretary Theresa May said earlier this week when she ruled out the use of water cannons. The ‘softly softly’ approach has been shelved and police will finally be given the backing to come down hard on offenders.
‘Police are already authorised to use baton rounds and we agreed at Cobra that, while they are not currently needed, we now have in place contingency plans for water cannons to be available at 24 hours’ notice,’ Cameron said in a speech outside Downing Street this morning.