Leading article: This is no time for panicked promises

The number of police in London has been almost trebled, with contingents brought in from as far away as Wales and Durham. Additional deployments can also be expected in Manchester and the West Midlands, following the disturbances on Tuesday night. Regrettably, however, political leaders seem to be competing to show who is toughest on policing. The Mayor, Boris Johnson, stood by his pre-riots insistence that police numbers had to be maintained. David Cameron, for his part, while not exactly retracting plans for cuts in spending on the police, promised: "Whatever resources the police need, they will get." He held out the prospect of water cannon and plastic bullets.

Oliver Wright: The last thing Cameron needs is pressure over cuts

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was late for yesterday's meeting of the Government's emergency committee, Cobra. He hadn't been dealing with renewed rioting overnight. Rather, he had just come from a radio studio where he'd chosen to lob his own political rock at the Prime Minister with a call to stop police cuts.

Sir Hugh Orde: Water cannon make for good headlines – and bad policing

Policing is a complex and challenging world at the best of times, and when situations such as those we have been dealing with this week arise out of the ether, it is unsurprising that responses are not immediate or perfect.

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Plastic bullets have been considered by police chiefs as a tactic to bring the unprecedented rioting under control.

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The Met Police's Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin urges parents to keep their children inside, promising robust policing of London's riots.

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Embattled police were forced to tell Londoners to clear the streets last night after more areas were consumed by riots, fires and looting in the worst violence to be seen in the capital for decades.

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A judge yesterday rejected requests by the former Ukrainian prime minister Julia Tymoshenko's lawyers to free her from police detention during her trial on a charge of abuse of office.

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Woman dies in Northumberland cliff fall

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Hackers steal US police data

Anonymous, the online activism group, said yesterday it had hacked into 70 law enforcement websites in the US in retaliation for the arrests of supporters in Britain and the US.

Officer saved as bullet hit his radio in gunfight

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Man left dead and officer wounded in rush-hour shooting

One man was killed and a police officer injured in a shooting incident in north London yesterday.

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More people are drink-driving, police say, with young drivers being the most likely to get behind the wheel after drinking.

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