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Friday, 12 August 2011

fears of weekend return to rioting

21:12 |

Police in England have been deployed in full force amid fears of a return of the rioting that blighted London and other major cities earlier this week. Arrests continue as courts work overtime to process defendants.
Police in London flooded city streets Friday evening in an effort to prevent a weekend repeat of England's worst riots in decades.

Some 16,000 officers - instead of the usual 2,500 - were to remain on duty, despite a period of relative calm.

"We will be sustaining the numbers for a period of time," said British Home Secretary Theresa May. "We have had some quieter nights but we are not complacent about that. The police will maintain their tough arrest policy, their presence on the streets."

In other cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham, high levels of policing were also being maintained amid fears that weekend drinking could reignite violence outside the capital.

The week's unrest claimed its fifth life late Thursday with the death of 68-year-old Richard Mannington Bowes. A 22-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with the death, due to injuries. The victim was beaten after trying to tackle a fire started by rioters.


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