British Riots Update

By: AP
By: AP

LONDON (AP) -- A 26-year-old man and a 17-year-old are due for
arraignment tomorrow in the British city of Birmingham on three
counts of murder.

They're charged in a hit-and-run attack during Britain's riots, an attack that killed three men standing guard in front of a row of shops owned by Pakistani immigrants.

The breakthrough follows an intensive investigation by a team of 70 detectives into the deadliest attack during four days and nights of riots in London, Birmingham and other English cities.

As tensions continue to simmer between police and the British government over the response to the riots that began last weekend, a new poll suggests there's stronger public support for the police.

More than three out of five of the people surveyed said Prime Minister David Cameron and his Cabinet colleagues were too slow to end their summer holidays abroad after the outbreak of violence.

Cameron returned to London from Italy's Tuscany region Tuesday,
after almost all of the London rioting had passed.

Strong majorities in the survey backed greater support and resources for police, calling for planned budget cuts to be put on hold.

About two-thirds said British troops should be used to reinforce police in the event of future riots.

Even bigger majorities said police should be allowed to use water cannon and plastic bullets against rioters, and impose curfews on unruly communities.

The poll was commissioned by two British newspapers (Sunday
Mirror and the Independent on Sunday.)

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