Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rioters should be shown compassion, says top officer at force investigating deaths of three men 'killed by looters' - 17th Aug 2011

A top police officer in the force investigating the deaths of three men who tried to defend shops during last week's riots has said looters should be shown compassion.

Chris Sims, chief constable of West Midlands Police, said that rioters in Birmingham had led difficult and 'tragic' lives, and should be dealt with in a 'pragmatic way'.

Speaking to councillors in the city he revealed that he had spoken to several youngsters arrested after last week's violent scenes.

He said: 'I spent Saturday evening in the custody block at Steelhouse Lane Police Station. There are tragic offenders as well as tragic victims.

'Young people who have been in care for most of their lives. We need to show some compassion and be pragmatic about how we deal with these people.'

Shopkeepers targeted by looters, however, disagree and want to see tough justice. Read More