It's payback time for the looters
t's payback time for the looters: Police snatch squads swoop on homes of riot suspects in a string of dawn raids across London
Last updated at 11:31 AM on 11th August 2011
Police took revenge on dozens of riot looters last night as they kicked in their front doors and hauled them into the street.
Riot officers armed with battering rams descended on a string of properties as they looked for pay back over the chaos that swept the country.
The officers collared one suspect at a home in Brixton after receiving a tip off that he had been involved in the disturbances.
He is likely to be the first of hundreds more who are brought to justice as a huge public backlash grows against the troublemakers.
The police action came as the rioters' reign of terror seemingly evaporated into the night.
How does it feel? A suspected looter is paraded through the street and bundled into a police van after his home in Brixton was raided last night
Just as the first bursts of violence in Tottenham came from nowhere, so the trouble unexpectedly receded. Contributory factors may have included the fact that police forces throughout the nation were braced for action with as many blue uniformedbodies as they could put on the street; 16,000 in London alone.
Perhapsthe three deaths in Birmingham yesterday prompted a rethink by some. And with the arrestfigures in London alone up to 888 perhaps there were just too few rioters and looters to cause the same level of disturbance.
Butwith no serious incidents overnight, simply a procession of charged rioters trudging through overnight court sittings, the lull in violence begs the question: Is the worst over?
On Wednesday youths had rampaged through Manchester's city centre, turning it into a war zone, and boasted that the government hadlost control of the cities. They pledged to continue as long as they could.
He means business: A riot office with steely stare carrying a battering ram strides down the street, and right, bashing down a suspect's front door
Brought to justice: The suspect is pulled from his front doors while officers rummage through his home in search of looted goods And even if they do get caught, they are not afraid of the consequences, with one telling BBC Radio 4's Todayprogramme: 'What are they gonna do? Give me an Asbo? I'll live with that.'
London remained relatively calm on Tuesday evening thanks to a mammoth police presence, but looting and thuggery continued in Birmingham and Liverpool, and broke out for the first time in Manchester, Nottingham and Gloucester.
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But the Met pledged that policing numbers would remain at an unprecedented high for the second night in a row, leaving forces elsewhere without crack teams trained for public disorder as they saw 16,000 police on the streets.
Tough: Riot police hold a man to the ground after he was found drunk outside a pub on Eltham High Street in London, last night
Scotland Yard today said that 888 people had now been arrested in connection with violence, disorder and looting in the capital, with 371 charged.
On Wednesday a police source told Mail Online that while there were no early reports of trouble in the capital,there will remain a 'higher more visible police presence on the streets'.
'Thepolicing will be widespread across the capital,' he added, 'and as we have done on previous nights we will be concentrating on areas where we have the most concerns.'
Courts flooded: At the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London rioters were charged through the night, in scenes that were repeated across the countryInManchester, where rioters rampaged through the central shopping district, burning and looting shops and fighting running battles with police, police said they were making no special preparations.
Greater Manchester Police said that they were not expecting a second night of violence in the city, but did concede that there would be more police onstandby than were available to commanders last night.
A source said: 'There's not a lot happening. It's raining here at the moment and we're doing our rain dance and hoping they [the rioters] will keep away.
Fighting crime: Left, a policeman in riot gear stands amid the chaos on Market Street in Manchester city centre. Right, looters emerge from a Sainsbury's Local on Deansgate clutching drink and other items
We have certainly got more officers tonight than last night, but whether they are out or not is another matter because there's nothing happening.'However, rioters quoted by BBC Radio showed a terrifying sense of impunity about their role in the violent clashes that gripped the heart of the city last night.
'Why are you going to miss the opportunity to get free stuff,' one asked a reporter during the unrest last night.
'The government are not in control because if they were we wouldn't be able to do it would we?'
The young looters told the Today programme that they were unconcerned about being caught and did not expect that they would have to suffer as a result of their crimes.
'This will be my first offence,' continued the young miscreant. 'I've not been in trouble before so I'm not really bothered.
'I'll get a caution. The prisons are full.'
Elsewhere in the country, police were confident they would be able to keep control of the streets.
West Midlands Police, responsible for maintaining order in three areas where lawlessless broke out last night promised that there were enough officers to protect communities.
In Birmingham, three men out on the streets to protect their community were tragically killed after a rioterhit them with a car, while in West Bromwich and Wolverhampton youths ran amok.
In a statement published on the force's website, Chief Constable Chris Sims promised that 600 specially trained riot officers would be deployed across the region
All leave for West Midlands officers has been cancelled and the force has, where possible, suspended other operations, Mr Sims said.
NottinghamshirePolice is also deploying more officers tonight after Nottingham was rocked by civil disorder that saw a mob firebomb a police station.
Aspokesman for the force told MailOnline that they had not sent any officers to help with the policing effort in London and that they had been given operational support by South Yorkshire police.
Shesaid that the force were 'more than prepared' for any outbreaks of violence but added that intelligence indicated the city would be quietertonight.
In Gloucester, a dispersal order covering areas where violence broke out will come into from tomorrow andlast until February 11, 2012.
Impunity: Looters run from an electronics store near New St Station, Birmingham, as fresh disturbances saw looting and vehicles set alight last nightTheorder is being introduced in response to an increase in groups behavingin an anti-social way and intimidating local residents and shoppers.
'The order allows police or Police Community Support Officers to direct any groups of two or more to leave the area for 24 hours when they believe the behaviour of the group is likely to result in members of the public being harassed, alarmed or distressed,' a force spokesman said.
'Dispersal orders provide us with an effective tool which we can use at our discretion to ensure that those who intimidate others can be ordered to leave an area and receive a strong punishment if they ignore the order.'
Earlier today, the police were given the green light to use water cannons with 24 hours' notice.
DavidCameron, the Prime Minister, said that plans had been put in place to deal with the disorder using water cannons - making it the first time they would be used on the streets of mainland Britain.
The comments were seen as U-turn on what Home Secretary Theresa May said earlier this week when she ruled out the use of water cannons.
The 'softly softly' approach has been shelved and police will finally be given the backing to come down hard on offenders.
'Police are already authorised to use baton rounds and we agreed at Cobra that, while they are not currently needed, we now have in place contingency plans for water cannons to be available at 24 hours' notice,' Mr Cameron said in a speech outside Downing Street this morning.
'Whatever resources the police need they will get. What ever tactics they feel they need they will have legal backing to do so.'
Mr Cameron insisted the 'fightback' by police was succeeding today after a fourth night of rioting across the country. He said a 'more robust approach' by Scotland Yard last night had prevented a repeat of the worst trouble.
The PM said it was 'simply not acceptable' that violence was taking place and had spread to Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham overnight.
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