London: Almost 600 Charged Over Riots: Police

12 Aug

NEWS UPDATE:

Richard Mannington Bowes

Man set upon by London rioters dies after beating:

The death toll from the violent disorder that swept across England rose today after a man attacked by rioters as he attempted to stamp out a fire in west London died in hospital.

Richard Mannington Bowes, 68, who was left in a coma when he was set upon by a mob in Ealing during Monday’s disorder, died late last night, prompting detectives to launch a murder inquiry.

His death follows those of three friends who were run down by a car as they attempted to protect their community from looters in Birmingham and the murder of a 26-year-old father-of-four who was shot during disorder in Croydon.

Another wave of rioters and looters will today face justice in the courts today as measures to prevent a repeat of this week’s violent scenes are discussed by the Government and senior officials.

More than 1,500 people have now been arrested by forces in towns and cities hit by chaos and destruction earlier this week and more than 500 charged with offences related to the four days of disorder.

British Prime Minister David Cameron will chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee Cobra this morning a day after vowing to do “whatever it takes” to restore order to the streets.

In an emergency statement to the recalled House of Commons yesterday he set out a range of moves being examined in response to the situation – including the use of curfews and temporary curbs on the use of social media.

Mr Cameron also suggested sentencing could be toughened and more action taken against gangs as well as a raft of measure to help damaged businesses and communities recover, including new funds totalling £30m.

In a clear message to the courts – after police said they were “disappointed” at some of the sentences being handed down – he said anyone charged with rioting should be remanded in custody and anyone convicted should expect to go to jail.

But he fended off repeated Labour demands to rethink planned cuts to police budgets, insisting that they would not affect the numbers of officers on the streets.

As political discussions continue over how to restore order, the latest death has brought into focus the stark human consequences of the rioting.

A post mortem examination into the death of Mr Bowes is expected to take place in the coming days, while an inquest into the deaths of Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, will take place today.

It comes a day after police arrested two youths and a man on suspicion of murder.

The deaths were described by Mr Cameron, who visited Birmingham and Wolverhampton on Wednesday, as a “dreadful incident” and followed the killing of Trevor Ellis, 26, who was shot following a car chase in Croydon on Monday.

Meanwhile investigators examining the circumstances surrounding the death of a man shot by police, in an incident which acted as a trigger for the first night’s rioting in Tottenham, appealed for witnesses.

Father-of-four Mark Duggan, 29, died after being shot in the chest last Thursday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is appealing for witnesses who may have seen or heard anything to come forward.

According to the latest figures released by forces, Scotland Yard has made 1,009 arrests in London, with 464 charged.

West Midlands Police said 445 people had been arrested in connection with the disorder. with officers executing warrants overnight to bring more looters and rioters to justice.

Greater Manchester Police said they had made 147 arrests and more than 70 people had already gone through the courts, while Merseyside Police said they had made 77 arrests and charged 45 people.

Nottinghamshire Police said they had arrested 109 people and charged 69.

Police remained out in force in London and other riot-hit cities overnight but there were no major incidents reported.

Scotland Yard has faced criticism over its initial handing of the rioting when it erupted on Monday night and Tuesday morning and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Kavanagh yesterday admitted there were not enough officers on duty to deal with the chaos.

However, Hugh Orde, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, rejected criticism of police tactics.

He said forces had learned and reacted quickly to the trouble and dismissed the role of politicians in police operations.

In the past two days a number of magistrates’ courts have been holding all night sessions to process the huge number of suspects charged over the disorder.

Some of the suspects who have already been charged include an 11-year-old girl who was caught with a group of youths smashing store windows in Nottingham, a 31-year-old learning mentor who admitted taking part in looting in Croydon, south London and a 17-year-old ballerina accused of burglary.

Meanwhile, more than 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for anyone convicted of rioting to lose any benefits they receive.

It will now be the first to be considered for a Commons debate.
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LONDON (AP) — Police in London said Friday they have charged almost 600 people with violence, disorder and looting over deadly riots in Britain’s capital.

Across the country, more than 1,700 people have been arrested. Courts in London, Birmingham and Manchester stayed open through a second night to deal with alleged offenders.

Hundreds of stores were looted, buildings were set ablaze and several people died amid the mayhem that broke out Saturday in London and spread over four nights across England.

Victims include three men in Birmingham run down by a car as they defended their neighborhood. Police are questioning three suspects on suspicion of murder.

And detectives opened a murder inquiry after a 68-year-old a man found in a London street after confronting rioters died of his injuries late Thursday. A 22-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder.

Police, meanwhile, hit back against claims they were too soft in their initial response to the disorder.

Prime Minister David Cameron said officers had been overwhelmed at first, outmaneuvered by mobile gangs of rioters. He said “far too few police were deployed onto the streets. And the tactics they were using weren’t working.”

That changed Tuesday, when 16,000 officers were deployed on London’s streets — almost three times the number of the night before. Cameron said the extra officers will remain on patrol through the weekend.

Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, acknowledged that police had faced “an unprecedented situation, unique circumstances” — but said it was police themselves, rather than “political interference,” that got the situation under control.

“The more robust policing tactics you saw were not a function of political interference,” he told the BBC. “They were a function of the numbers being available to allow the chief constables to change their tactics.”

Britain’s Parliament held an emergency debate on the riots Thursday, with Prime Minister David Cameron promising authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again.

He said authorities were considering new powers, including allowing police to order thugs to remove masks or hoods, evicting troublemakers from subsidized housing and temporarily disabling cell phone instant messaging services.

He told lawmakers that he would look to cities like Boston for inspiration, and mentioned former Los Angeles, New York and Boston Police Chief William Bratton as a person who could help offer advice.

Bratton said in a statement he’d be “pleased and honored” to provide services and counsel in any capacity, adding that he loves London and has worked with British police for nearly 20 years.

Cameron also said the government, police and intelligence services were looking at whether there should be limits on the use of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook or services like BlackBerry Messenger to spread disorder.

BlackBerry’s simple and largely cost free messaging service was used by rioters to coordinate their activities, Cameron’s office said.

Any move to disable the services temporarily is likely to be strongly opposed by civil libertarians.

(Editor’s note: We had RIGHTS and LIBERTIES long before the introduction of the internet and the mobile phone.

The trick is to uphold and respect such rights. Mobile phones and the internet is widely used and abused by CRIMINALS to deprive the law-abiding citizens of their rights, liberties and freedoms.

CRIMINALS LOVE TO QUOTE ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS WHEN THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN A TIGHT SPOT:

Is it not about time for FOOLS to save their B*** S*** and see things as they really are ?).

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