Cameron: We'll Take Gang-Fighting Tips From Boston

Cameron: We will not allow culture of fear on our streets
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 11, 2011 2:01 AM CDT
Updated Aug 11, 2011 7:19 AM CDT
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron tells the media yesterday that "every action" will be taken to restore order.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Pull out the water cannons: It's time to get serious in England's "fight back" operation against rioters and looters, declared Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday. He said "every action" would be taken to restore order in towns hit by violence, including the use of water cannons to quell marauding gangs. He'll also take gang-fighting tips from American cities like Boston. The tough talk followed the first fatalities linked to the violence. Three men protecting shops in Birmingham died when they were mowed down in a car driven by rioters, according to police. Cameron called the deaths "truly dreadful," and offered his condolences to the men's grief-stricken families.

"This continued violence is simply not acceptable, and it will be stopped," he declared. "We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets." In other action, rioters in Manchester and Salford were told they would be evicted from their subsidized housing if they're identified on surveillance cameras. More than 1,000 people have been arrested in London and elsewhere. The unrest has caused problems for plans to cut the nation's police force to save money. "Cutting 16,000 officers—the equivalent of every officer on the streets of London last night—at a time like this is deeply irresponsible," one politician told the BBC.

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