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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cops To Get 'What They Need' To Combat Riots - 10th Aug 2011

The Prime Minister has pledged to give the police whatever they need to combat rioting and said contingency plans are in place for water cannon to be available at 24 hours' notice.

David Cameron has spoken after chairing the Government's second emergency Cobra meeting.

He added: "It is clear there are things that are badly wrong in our society."

Earlier Boris Johnson directly criticised Government policy by calling for plans to reduce police numbers to be reconsidered in the wake of the disturbances in UK towns and cities.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the Conservative Mayor of London said: "This is not a time to think about making substantial cuts in police numbers."

He added that it would be a "good thing" if Ministers "had another look" at the issue.

A Government source has told Sky News Mr Johnson is "posturing" but his remarks will put the Prime Minister under further pressure. Read More