London: Metropolitan Police have said that they will use CCTV footage to find the protesters accused of rioting and looting, revealing 13,000 police will be on duty in the next 24 hours in London. “Those involved in criminality should be under no illusion that we will pursue you. We have been making arrests all evening and have a team working during the night examining CCTV images.
“We will follow up evidence in the coming days in order to bring anyone else responsible for criminal acts to justice,” the Met statement read.
Considering the third night of violence across Britain as “the worst night in current memory,” Scotland Yard said that 44 police officers were injured and police received about 20,800,000 calls Monday night which is 400% more than the norm.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Last night was the worst the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) has seen in current memory for unacceptable levels of widespread looting, fires and disorder.
“The MPS responded with the largest policing operation of the three nights to date (approximately 2,500 officers in addition to 3,500 officers already on boroughs). This included receiving aid from other forces and using armoured vehicles to support officers on the ground to clear areas of trouble.”
The spokesman also said that all police cells in London are now full due to the number of arrests they have made over the past three nights, adding the news arrests will have to be taken out of the capital.
“A significant number of arrests were made (well over 200 overnight – in excess of 450 over the three nights), leading to all MPS cells being full and prisoners being taken to surrounding forces,” he added.
Patrick Mercer, the Conservative MP and former army officer placed in Northern Ireland, claimed that police must be allowed to use water cannon and rubber bullets in order to control the massive riots in the capital and many other cities across Britain.
“In Northern Ireland just a few weeks ago we had very serious riots, including the use of firearms, where water cannon and plastic rounds – potentially lethal weapons – were used without anyone batting an eyelid.
“We have got to allow the police to have their powers, to use their powers and, once they have arrested individuals, for the judiciary to be able to punish them,” he said.