Police arrest more than 1,000 people in wake of London riots
Police in London have arrested a total of 1,051 individuals in connection with the London riots, while 591 people have been charged.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports
that as of Aug. 12 more than 1500 arrests have been made in towns or cities overrun by rioting, causing an escalation in violence, looting and general disorder that has spread across the country over four days. Many of the arrests have been made across the West Midlands—totaling 445 in the region—while 147 arrests have been reported by Manchester police.
The increase in arrests have placed a strain on the court system, notably the London courts which worked through the night to deal with many of the criminal charges stemming from the arrests.
The Guardian reports
that many rioters have been released on bail conditionally with a curfew attached to their sentencing to dissuade them from further involvement in rioting activities, while British Prime Minister David Cameron has stated he expected anyone convicted of violent disorder to go to prison.
Parliament was recalled for a day Aug. 11 to discuss the next course of action to end the ongoing riots, while Cameron was scheduled to chair another meeting of the government's emergency committee, Cobra or COBR
, a committee which coordinates the actions of varying bodies within the government in response to national and regional crises that have broad implications for the United Kingdom.