Extra officers on London streets as weekend arrives

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of extra police officers are stationed on the streets of London, as Britain faces its first full weekend since the outbreak of rioting.

Police in London have charged almost 600 people with violence, disorder and looting. The city's mayor says Londoners want to see tough sentences handed out.

Five people have died in the mayhem that broke out Saturday in London and spread over four nights across England. Hundreds of stores were looted and buildings were burned.

Across the country, more than 1,700 people have been arrested. Courts in London, Birmingham and Manchester have stayed open around the clock since Wednesday to deal with hundreds of alleged offenders.

Police, meanwhile, are rejecting claims they were too soft in their initial response to the disorder. Prime Minister David Cameron says far too few officers were deployed at first.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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