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British Police Out In Force To Deter Riots

Riot police patrol after trouble on Market street in Manchester city center on August 9.
British police have flooded the streets to ensure order during the weekend.

Steve Kavanagh, deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said 16,000 officers, instead of the usual 2,500, would remain on duty in London in their biggest peacetime deployment.

Other forces, including those in the cities of Nottingham, Birmingham, and Liverpool, said they would maintain a high level of policing over the weekend, although they said they were not anticipating further trouble after a couple of nights of quiet.

But George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, or finance minister, told BBC radio that Britain will stick to recent austerity measures despite the riots. The government is planning to cut 30,000 police jobs to help reduce a record budget deficit.

The government also said Prime Minister David Cameron is to meet Bill Bratton, former police chief in Los Angeles and New York, to discuss tackling gang violence in England.

British police said more than 1,900 people have been arrested and almost 700 people charged with violence, disorder, and looting.

Courts in London, Birmingham, and Manchester stayed open through a second night to deal with those arrested over the rioting, looting, and arson that broke out on August 6 in London and spread over four nights across England.

Five people died during the rioting, and police are questioning three people on suspicion of murder.

Cameron has vowed that lawbreakers will be hunted down and punished over the rioting, Britain's worst in three decades.

Officials have said the rioting had no political or protest motives, but was carried out by simple criminal intent to rob and set fires.

compiled from agency reports