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Published on: August 9, 2011 12:32 PM
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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron talks to fire fighters in Croydon, south London August 9, 2011.   Cameron said he would recall parliament from its summer recess for a day on Thursday after rioting swept through London for three consecutive nights.    REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool  London - British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.

Cameron described the scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows in London and several other British cities as “sickening,” but refrained from more extreme measures such as calling in the military to help beleaguered police restore order.

Instead, he said 16,000 officers would be on the streets of the capital Tuesday night, almost tripling the number that were out Monday night.

London Mayor Boris Johnson talks with a cleanup volunteer holding a broom, during a visit to meet residents in Clapham, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011, one of the areas affected by rioting. A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)London Mayor Boris Johnson talks with a cleanup volunteer holding a broom, during a visit to meet residents in Clapham, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011, one of the areas affected by rioting. A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
London Mayor Boris Johnson, right, faces a local resident during a visit to Clapham, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011, one of the areas affected by rioting. A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)London Mayor Boris Johnson, right, faces a local resident during a visit to Clapham, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011, one of the areas affected by rioting. A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
London Mayor Boris Johnson, right, talks with local residents during a visit to Clapham, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011, one of the areas affected by rioting. A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)London Mayor Boris Johnson, right, talks with local residents during a visit to Clapham, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011, one of the areas affected by rioting. A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
London residents wait to be allowed through a police cordon to help council workers with the clear up, after the rioting that took place the previous night outside Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)London residents wait to be allowed through a police cordon to help council workers with the clear up, after the rioting that took place the previous night outside Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
London residents walk with brooms en-route to being let through a police cordon to help council workers with the clear up at after the rioting that took place the previous night outside Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)London residents walk with brooms en-route to being let through a police cordon to help council workers with the clear up at after the rioting that took place the previous night outside Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Fire fighters tend to a fire-damaged shop and flats above it after the rioting that took place the previous night near Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Fire fighters tend to a fire-damaged shop and flats above it after the rioting that took place the previous night near Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
London mayor Boris Johnson, front center, walks away after addressing local residents waiting to be allowed through a police cordon to help council workers with the clear up at after the rioting that took place the previous night outside Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)London mayor Boris Johnson, front center, walks away after addressing local residents waiting to be allowed through a police cordon to help council workers with the clear up at after the rioting that took place the previous night outside Clapham Junction railway station in Battersea, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A young girl wearing a hoodie that reads " I heart London" looks behind a police line at the aftermath left by riots  at the area of Clapham in London Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Britons swept up, patched up and feared further violence Tuesday, demanding police do more to protect them after three nights of rioting left trails of looted stores, wrecked cars and burned buildings across London and several other cities. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A young girl wearing a hoodie that reads " I heart London" looks behind a police line at the aftermath left by riots at the area of Clapham in London Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Britons swept up, patched up and feared further violence Tuesday, demanding police do more to protect them after three nights of rioting left trails of looted stores, wrecked cars and burned buildings across London and several other cities. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A policeman comes out of Starbucks cafe in the area of Clapham in the aftermath left by riots in London Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Britons swept up, patched up and feared further violence Tuesday, demanding police do more to protect them after three nights of rioting left trails of looted stores, wrecked cars and burned buildings across London and several other cities.  (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A policeman comes out of Starbucks cafe in the area of Clapham in the aftermath left by riots in London Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Britons swept up, patched up and feared further violence Tuesday, demanding police do more to protect them after three nights of rioting left trails of looted stores, wrecked cars and burned buildings across London and several other cities.  (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A volunteer drinks a cup of tea as he waits for police lines to open to help clean up  the area of Clapham in the aftermath left by riots in London Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Britons swept up, patched up and feared further violence Tuesday, demanding police do more to protect them after three nights of rioting left trails of looted stores, wrecked cars and burned buildings across London and several other cities.(AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: AP)A volunteer drinks a cup of tea as he waits for police lines to open to help clean up the area of Clapham in the aftermath left by riots in London Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Britons swept up, patched up and feared further violence Tuesday, demanding police do more to protect them after three nights of rioting left trails of looted stores, wrecked cars and burned buildings across London and several other cities.(AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: AP)
CORRECTS DATE -- British Prime Minister David Cameron exits number 10 Downing Street to address the media in London Tuesday, Aug.9, 2011. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)CORRECTS DATE—British Prime Minister David Cameron exits number 10 Downing Street to address the media in London Tuesday, Aug.9, 2011. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A burnt-out car is seen on a street in Hackney, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, following unrest on late Monday. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A burnt-out car is seen on a street in Hackney, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, following unrest on late Monday. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
People who have volunteered to clean up the damaged streets in a  show  of solidarity  clean the remains of a burnt-out car on a street in Hackney, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, following unrest on late Monday.   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.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)People who have volunteered to clean up the damaged streets in a show of solidarity clean the remains of a burnt-out car on a street in Hackney, London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, following unrest on late Monday.  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.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A firefighter sprays water onto the furniture store set on fire by rioters last night in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A firefighter sprays water onto the furniture store set on fire by rioters last night in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Firefighters spray water onto building set on fire by rioters last night in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Firefighters spray water onto building set on fire by rioters last night in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Firefighters prepare the area in front of a burnt builting and a car set on fire by rioters last night in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Firefighters prepare the area in front of a burnt builting and a car set on fire by rioters last night in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Police officers stand guard inside an Argos store with a broken window smashed by rioters last night in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Police officers stand guard inside an Argos store with a broken window smashed by rioters last night in Croydon, south London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Shop keepers begin to clean up on Ealing High Street, west London following a third straight of disturbances on the streets of London Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.   (AP Photo/Anthony Devlin/PA Wire)   UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Shop keepers begin to clean up on Ealing High Street, west London following a third straight of disturbances on the streets of London Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  (AP Photo/Anthony Devlin/PA Wire)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
People look on in front of a looted shop in Hackney, east London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, following unrest overnight. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)People look on in front of a looted shop in Hackney, east London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, following unrest overnight. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A cyclist passes burnt-out cars in Hackney, east London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, following unrest overnight. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A cyclist passes burnt-out cars in Hackney, east London, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, following unrest overnight. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
An empty  shop safe lies left on the pavement in Croyden, London Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011  following a third night of  street violence in 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. (AP Photo/Gareth Fuller/PA)  (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)An empty shop safe lies left on the pavement in Croyden, London Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011 following a third night of street violence in 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. (AP Photo/Gareth Fuller/PA)  (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Graham Reeves,  owner of the furniture store, talks to media outside his burnt store set on fire by rioters Monday night in Croydon, south London,  Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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.  (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Graham Reeves,  owner of the furniture store, talks to media outside his burnt store set on fire by rioters Monday night in Croydon, south London,  Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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.  (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media outside 10 Downing Street in London Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media outside 10 Downing Street in London Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A worker walks past burned cars in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A worker walks past burned cars in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A woman walks past a damaged supermarket in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A woman walks past a damaged supermarket in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A woman walks past a damaged supermarket in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A woman walks past a damaged supermarket in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
People walk past a damaged supermarket in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)People walk past a damaged supermarket in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Members of the media work outside damaged shops in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Members of the media work outside damaged shops in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A man looks at the damage in a shopping centre in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A man looks at the damage in a shopping centre in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The store manager of a supermarket is seen through the broken windows of the store in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)The store manager of a supermarket is seen through the broken windows of the store in Ealing, west London, after a night of rioting, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.  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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
British Prime Minister David Cameron talks to senior police officers during a visit to the Metropolitan Police's Gold Command headquarters in Lambeth, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011,  after cutting short his holiday to take charge of the Government's response to three days of rioting in the capital and elsewhere. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Stefan Rosseau, pool) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)British Prime Minister David Cameron talks to senior police officers during a visit to the Metropolitan Police’s Gold Command headquarters in Lambeth, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011,  after cutting short his holiday to take charge of the Government’s response to three days of rioting in the capital and elsewhere. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Stefan Rosseau, pool) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
British Prime Minister David Cameron talks to senior fire brigade officers during a visit to the Metropolitan Police's Gold Command headquarters in Lambeth, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011,  after cutting short his holiday to take charge of the Government's response to three days of rioting in the capital and elsewhere. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Stefan Rosseau, pool) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)British Prime Minister David Cameron talks to senior fire brigade officers during a visit to the Metropolitan Police’s Gold Command headquarters in Lambeth, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011,  after cutting short his holiday to take charge of the Government’s response to three days of rioting in the capital and elsewhere. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Stefan Rosseau, pool) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
British Prime Minister David Cameron talks to a senior officer of the Lon don Ambulance Service, during a visit to the Metropolitan Police's Gold Command headquarters in Lambeth, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011,  after cutting short his holiday to take charge of the Government's response to three days of rioting in the capital and elsewhere. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Stefan Rosseau, pool) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)British Prime Minister David Cameron talks to a senior officer of the Lon don Ambulance Service, during a visit to the Metropolitan Police’s Gold Command headquarters in Lambeth, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011,  after cutting short his holiday to take charge of the Government’s response to three days of rioting in the capital and elsewhere. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Stefan Rosseau, pool) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
British Prime Minister David Cameron talks to Acting Borough Police Commander Superintendent Jo Oakley in front damaged buildings in Croydon, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011, where he saw damage to shops and residences carried out by rioters. After cutting short his holiday to take charge of the Government's response to three days of rioting , Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Stefan Rosseau, pool) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)British Prime Minister David Cameron talks to Acting Borough Police Commander Superintendent Jo Oakley in front damaged buildings in Croydon, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011, where he saw damage to shops and residences carried out by rioters. After cutting short his holiday to take charge of the Government’s response to three days of rioting , Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Stefan Rosseau, pool) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
People look at the inside of an Orange phone store near the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham  England Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011 after it was robbed and damaged during street violence  last night .  British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets of London to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting. Cameron described the scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows in London and several other British cities as "sickening," but refrained from more extreme measures such as calling in the military to help beleaguered police restore order. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira/PA)  (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)People look at the inside of an Orange phone store near the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham England Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011 after it was robbed and damaged during street violence last night .  British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets of London to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting. Cameron described the scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows in London and several other British cities as "sickening," but refrained from more extreme measures such as calling in the military to help beleaguered police restore order. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira/PA)  (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A shopkeeper repairs the damage to a small shop near the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, England Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011  after rioting in the area Monday night . British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets of London to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting.  Cameron described the scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows in London and several other British cities as "sickening," but refrained from more extreme measures such as calling in the military to help beleaguered police restore order. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira/PA)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)A shopkeeper repairs the damage to a small shop near the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, England Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011 after rioting in the area Monday night . British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets of London to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting.  Cameron described the scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows in London and several other British cities as "sickening," but refrained from more extreme measures such as calling in the military to help beleaguered police restore order. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira/PA)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Smoke from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters, rises above London's major M25 motorway near Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Max Nash) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Smoke from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters, rises above London’s major M25 motorway near Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Max Nash) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Smoke rises from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters in Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Smoke rises from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters in Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Smoke rises from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters,in Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Smoke rises from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters,in Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Smoke rises from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters,in Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Smoke rises from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters,in Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Local residents who volunteered to clean up following rioting, pose for the media in Battersea, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Local residents who volunteered to clean up following rioting, pose for the media in Battersea, south London, Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Smoke rises from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters,in Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Smoke rises from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters,in Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Smoke rises from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters,in Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)Smoke rises from a burning Sony distribution center reportedly set alight by rioters,in Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.  A wave of violence and looting has raged across London since Saturday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.  Some 525 arrests have been made in London alone and dozens were arrested in other cities. Police announced Tuesday that plastic bullets would be "one of the tactics" available to officers to quell the riots.(AP Photo/Akira Suemori) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Firemen work in the area of Clapham  in London Tuesday, August 9, 2011, in the aftermath left by riots.  Britons swept up, patched up and feared further violence Tuesday, demanding police do more to protect them after three nights of rioting left trails of looted stores, wrecked cars and burned buildings across London and several other cities. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: AP)Firemen work in the area of Clapham in London Tuesday, August 9, 2011, in the aftermath left by riots.  Britons swept up, patched up and feared further violence Tuesday, demanding police do more to protect them after three nights of rioting left trails of looted stores, wrecked cars and burned buildings across London and several other cities. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: AP)
British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media outside 10 Downing Street in London Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media outside 10 Downing Street in London Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Cameron announced the recall of Parliament from its summer recess to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting in London. The Prime Minister 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.(AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel) (Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)


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 Aug 09, 2011 at 12:36 PM Velvel Says:

The bobbys look like they are impotent in stopping this mayhem.

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 Aug 09, 2011 at 01:15 PM MosheM Says:

Shoot to kill!

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 Aug 09, 2011 at 05:51 PM Rubbie Says:

Totally sickening. And the police are appealing to the parents to ask their children to stay home. Damage is incredible. Those are not children out there.
Give criminals no slack. No 3 days to let them vent (remember Crown Heights riots)

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 Aug 09, 2011 at 07:56 PM MdCrimDefAtty Says:

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MosheM Says:

Shoot to kill!

They cannot. Most of the police are unarmed (at least without guns). And even those who are have very burdensome rules of engagement.

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