UK Riots: Police set up a cinema van so shoppers can 'shop a looter1,600 arrested so far
Police set up a cinema van so shoppers can 'shop a looter' as number of rioters arrested breaks 1,600
Birmingham police have come up with a way of tracking down those who wreaked havoc on their city - by setting up a 'cinema van' so shoppers can identify the brawling looters.
The vehicle has a large screen strapped to it and is broadcasting images of those caught in the widespread looting.
It has parked in the city centre so as many people as possible will be able to watch the rolling footage and hopefully offer names of those wanted in connection with the mass rioting.
This came as the Government announced there have now been 1,600 arrests and 796 people have appeared in court charged in connection with the riots.
Caught on camera: Police are resorting to high-tech efforts to track those wanted in connection to the violence that scarred Birmingham
Look familiar? The images are being broadcast to the public in the hope that those who are guilty will be recognised and shopped to police The Ministry of Justice said in cases where the age of the defendant is known, 83 per cent, or 576, are adults and 17 per cent, or 122, are under 18.
Two-thirds of those who have come before magistrates have been remanded in custody and a large number havebeen sent to Crown Courts, which have powers to hand down prison sentences of longer than six months.
Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly said: 'Yesterday and today I met court staff and judges who had worked 30 hours straight.
'We will continue to provide all necessary support to the police to ensure anyone involved in this kind of criminal activity is brought to justice as swiftly as possible.'
A Ministry of Justice spokesman added: 'We have enough prison places for those that are sentenced to custody after these incidents. There is substantial capacity in the prison and youth justice system.'
A teenager has been charged today over the blaze at a Miss Selfridge store in Manchester during rioting on Tuesday night, as courts worked round the clock to administer swift justice to those involved in the widespread looting and violence.
Teenager Dane Williamson, 18, was today charged with criminal damage and recklessly endangering life over the fierce fire. [Below]
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