British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would recall parliament from its summer recess for a day on Thursday after rioting swept through London for three consecutive nights.
"This is criminality pure and simple," he told reporters on Tuesday outside his Downing Street office after breaking off his annual holiday to return to Britain.
"People should be in no doubt that we will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain's streets."
As residents and shopkeepers surveyed smashed windows, looted shops and burned out buildings in several areas of the capital, many called for police to take more forceful action.
Cameron said some 16,000 police would be on London's streets on Tuesday night, up from the 6,000 on duty on Monday, boosted by reinforcements from across the country.
"It is quite clear that we need more, much more, police on our streets and we need even more robust police action," he said.
"These are sickening scenes ... this is criminality, pure and simple, and it has to be confronted and defeated."
He said parliament would meet on Thursday "so I can make a statement to parliament and we can hold a debate and we are all able to stand together in condemnation of these crimes".
ReutersLast Mod: 09 Ağustos 2011, 13:58