Two charged for Asians’ murder
Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to unleash a “zero tolerance” crackdown on looters and thugs, even as two people charged for the murder of three British-Asians appeared in a court on Sunday.Updated: Aug 15, 2011 00:18 IST
Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to unleash a “zero tolerance” crackdown on looters and thugs, even as two people charged for the murder of three British-Asians appeared in a court on Sunday.
As England recovers from one of its worst street riots in decades that have claimed five lives, Cameron said a series of strong measures will be unveiled in the coming months to fight crime and rein in rioters, looters and gangs.
“We haven’t talked the language of zero tolerance enough but the message is getting through,” Cameron said, as his move to hire a US supercop for advice on tackling growing gang culture has angered British police.
Over 2,000 people have now been arrested, of whom around 1,000 have been charged.
Two people, including a teenager, have been charged with the murder of three British-Pakistanis, Haroon Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir who were run over by a car while guarding their neighbourhood from looters and rioters in Birmingham.
Joshua Donald, 26, was charged along with a 17-year-old male, with three counts of murder each in the death of the three men. Donald and the teenager are the first person to be charged in the nearly week-long riots.
The Prime Minister, who has already roped in former New York police commissioner, ‘supercop’ Bill Bratton, to advise his agencies on how to tackle gang culture, also pledged to support “zero tolerance” policing.
Sir Hugh Orde, the front runner for the job of Metropolitan Police commissioner, ridiculed the Cameron’s decision to hire Bratton, saying there was no point in learning from the American experience.
“I am not sure I want to learn about gangs from an area of America that has 400 of them. It seems to me, if you’ve got 400 gangs, then you’re not being very effective,” Orde told The Independent. “If you look at the style of policing in the
States, and their levels of violence, they are so fundamentally different from here.”Cameron’s statement that police was slow to react to the violence did not go down too well with police establishment.
Metropolitan police commissioner Tim Godwin has hit back at Cameron and home secretary Theresa May over criticism of his force in relation to the London rioting. He said that politicians were not even in the country when the disorder broke out, with Cameron only returning from his holiday following the third night of rioting.
First Published: Aug 14, 2011 23:06 IST