David Cameron flies back from Tuscany to tackle riots

Tuesday August 9, 2011

After three days of violence in London, David Cameron has cut his Italian holiday short to address the spreading riots. 

The Prime Minister had been enjoying his first proper foreign holiday at a villa in Tuscany when chaos struck in the capital city.

He flew in for an emergency 9am meeting of Cobra – the government's emergency committee.

Home Secretary Theresa May and London Mayor Boris Johnson were also forced to return early from holiday.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg cancelled a planned visit to Cornwall.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said of the Prime Minister's return: "It is right that the Prime Minister is chairing Cobra.

"We need a co-ordinated response to ensure public safety and help those people who have lost homes and businesses."

Their decision to come together came after, according to a government source, "the situation became more serious".

During the third night of rioting, 44 policemen were injured. Four of them remain in critical condition.

Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse informed LBC radio: "Officers were extremely brave. 
 
"We had something like 6,000 on duty last night.

"We need to get even more out tonight, and that includes officers from outside London, so we are appealing to other forces to help us where they can."

So far, 450 have been made as the riots continue to spread throughout London and appear in other cities throughout the country.

Photo: © Getty

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