13 Aug '11, 5am

London on lockdown to prevent new riots

London on lockdown to prevent new riots

LONDON: Police were out in force in London on Saturday in a bid to prevent any repeat of England's worst riots in decades, which left city neighbourhoods smouldering and five people dead. The number of officers was more than doubled to 16,000 earlier this week, and Home Secretary Theresa May said the extra police numbers would stay on the beat until further notice amid concerns violence could flare up this weekend. England has had three quieter days following four nights of rioting, arson and looting which led to 1,600 arrests across the country, but politicians and police were taking no chances, even as they clashed on each other's response to the crisis. "We will be sustaining the numbers for a period of time," May said. "We have had some quieter nights but we are not complacent about that." The orgy of violence started in London but the trouble soon spread to other majo...

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