London: Parliament is being recalled on Thursday in response to rioting in England, the prime minister has said. The government’s emergency committee Cobra met on Tuesday after rioting spread across London, with violence flaring in other major cities. “We will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain’s streets and make them safe for the law-abiding,” the PM said outside Downing Street.
More than 16,000 officers will be on London streets on Wednesday, he said.
At least 450 people have been arrested so far, Mr Cameron said.
He told rioters, “you will feel the full force of the law”, and said people should “stand together in condemnation of these crimes”.
The prime minister returned early from his holiday to discuss the unrest, which first flared on Saturday after a peaceful protest in Tottenham over the fatal shooting of a man by police.
London has seen a wave of “copycat criminal activity” over the past three days, the Met Police said. More than 69 people have been charged with various offences following hundreds of arrests.
Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol are among the other cities to have seen violence.
Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steven Kavanagh said it was a “shocking and appalling morning for London to wake up to”.
“The Met was stretched beyond belief in a way that it has never experienced before,” he told media.