1. British Prime Minister David Cameron walks to microphone outside number 10 Downing Street
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Cameron, British Prime Minister:
"Good morning. I have come straight from a meeting of the government''s COBRA committee for dealing with emergencies where we have been discussing the action that we will be taking to help the police to deal with the disorder on the streets of London and elsewhere in our country. I have also met with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Home Secretary to discuss this further. And people should be in no doubt that we will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain''s streets and to make them safe for the law-abiding. Let me first of all completely condemn the scenes that we have seen on our television screens and people have witnessed in their communities. These are sickening scenes - scenes of people looting, vandalising, thieving, robbing. Scenes of people attacking police officers and even attacking fire crews as they are trying to put out fires. This is criminality pure and simple and it has to be confronted and defeated. I feel huge sympathy for the families who have suffered, innocent people who have been burned out of their houses and to businesses who have seen their premises smashed, their products looted and their livelihoods potentially ruined. I also feel for all those who live in fear because of these appalling scenes that we have seen on the streets of our country. People should be in no doubt that we are on the side of the law abiding, law abiding people who are appalled by what has happened in their own community. As ever, police officers have shown incredible bravery on our streets in confronting these thugs, but it is quite clear that we need more, much more police on our streets and we need more robust police action and it''s that that I have been discussing in COBRA this morning. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said that compared with the six thousand police on the streets last night in London, there will be some 16 thousand officers tonight. All leave within the metropolitan police has been cancelled. There will be aid coming from police forces up and down the country and we will do everything necessary to strengthen and assist those police forces that are meeting this disorder. There''s already been 450 people arrested. We will make sure that court procedures and processes are speeded up and people should expect to see more, many more arrests in the days to come. I am determined, the government is determined that justice will be done and people will see the consequences of their actions. And I have this very clear message to those people who are responsible for this wrongdoing and criminality: you will feel the full force of the law and if you are old enough to commit these crimes you are old enough to face the punishment. And to these people I would say this: you are not only wreaking the lives of others; you are not only wreaking your own communities, you are potentially wreaking your own life too. My office this morning has spoken to the speaker of the House of Commons and he has agreed that Parliament will be recalled for a day on Thursday so I can make a statement to parliament and we can hold a debate and we are all able to stand together in condemnation of these crimes and also to stand together in determination to rebuild these communities. Now if you will excuse me there is important work to be done."
British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess on Tuesday and tripled the number of police on the streets of London to deal with the crisis touched off by three days of rioting.
Cameron described the scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows in London and several other British cities as "sickening," but refrained from more extreme measures such as calling in the military to help beleaguered police restore order.
Instead, he said 16 thousand officers would be on the streets of the capital on Tuesday night - almost tripling the number on the streets Monday night.
"People should be in no doubt that we will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain''s streets and to make them safe for the law-abiding," Cameron told reporters after a crisis meeting at his Downing Street office.
A wave of violence and looting raged across London, as authorities struggled to contain the country''s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.
Some 450 arrests have been made.
Parliament will return to duty on Thursday, as the political fallout from the rampage takes hold.
The crisis is a major test for Cameron''s Conservative-led coalition government, which includes Liberal Democrats who had long suspected its program of harsh budget restraints could provoke popular dissent.
Cameron cut short his summer vacation in Italy, rushing home for the crisis meeting.