British streets remain calm as speedy convictions begin
British police have arrested a total of 880 people in connection with the major unrest in London and other cities as courts work round the clock to obtain convictions, police said.
Heavy rain in northern Britain and a massive police clampdown in London and other cities meant that calm prevailed early Thursday, following five nights of rioting, DPA reported.
London saw its second night of relative calm. Further north, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, which saw outbreaks of unrest Tuesday, were also quiet.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron has come under pressure to review planned drastic spending cuts to the police force under austerity plans.
Later Thursday, a cabinet crisis meeting will be followed by an emergency session of parliament, which has been recalled from the summer recess.
In London, 371 people have so far been convicted over public order offences. The youngest of the suspects who appeared in court was just 11 years old.
The city of Birmingham remained tense Thursday after three Asian men were mowed down by a car as they attempted to protect property.
But the situation in the city remained calm overnight, after the father of one of the victims, Tariq Jahan, urged people not to exercise revenge.
A 32-year-old man has been arrested and a murder investigation has begun.
The violence and looting started Saturday in Tottenham in north London following the death of criminal suspect Mark Duggan during a police sting operation.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission said Tuesday that there was "no evidence" that Duggan had opened fire before he was shot.