London: One by one, rioters who ran amok on
the streets of London and other cities are being arrested as
police officials, aided by CCTV images, came knocking on doors
from this morning even as courts sat through the night to
dispense justice expeditiously.
As Prime Minister David Cameron declared in the House of
Commons today, "We will track you down, we will find you, we
will charge you, we will punish you. You will pay for what you
Among those who participated in the rioting is an
11-year-old girl in Nottingham, reflecting the fact that most
of those responsible were in their teens or younger.
Those arrested included youngsters who attend grammar
schools or are employed. More than 100 arrest warrants were
executed out today morning in London, the police said.
Arrests and speedy delivery of justice were also taking
place in other riot-hit towns such as Birmingham, Nottingham
Stephen Kavanagh, Metropolitan Police`s Deputy Assistant
Commissioner, said some of his colleagues were disappointed
with the light sentences given to looters so far.
He told BBC: "That has been personally raised by me and
others, and the commissioner I know has also raised it, so we
will move through those issues and I am confident we will get
the support of the courts."
He said the huge policing presence on the streets would
continue for another night, and would then be reviewed.
Speaking to newsperson after today`s meeting of the
government`s emergency committee, London Mayor Boris Johnson
said: "Nobody should be in any doubt that the problem is over
or that we are remotely complacent about this. (You) cannot be
complacent. We have had very, very serious incidents of
He added: "There are people out there who mean this city
no good. They will continue to face the full force of the law,
they will continue to face very robust policing."
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg denied claims that the
government spending cuts had anything to do with the extent of
He said: "I think it`s totally ludicrous to claim that
young people are smashing up shops and stealing items of
clothing because of cuts - many of which haven`t even happened
Clegg said the riots were an indication that "something
is going seriously wrong" in parts of society and pointed to a
"smash and grab" culture.
He said: "Undoubtedly when people have so little sense of
obligation towards their own neighbourhoods that they actually
go out and trash them, something is going seriously wrong. Of
course it is a deep question which we need to look at in the
weeks and months ahead. But it`s also a rather specific
question now of asserting...that if you indulge in criminality
you will face consequences."