London: The British Parliament was recalled to take stock of the crisis in London following three days of street rioting and arson, the worst in decades, as Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to unleash the full force of law on the "thugs" responsible for the "sickening" events.

Cameron, who rushed home after cutting short his holiday in Italy, on Tuesday, termed the scenes witnessed on the streets of London and elsewhere as "appalling" and driven by "criminality".

In a rare step, the parliament was recalled for a one-day session on Thursday to discuss the situation and steps to defuse the crisis. Making a statement after chairing a meeting of the government's emergency response committee, Cameron ordered more police forces on the streets of London.

Meanwhile, Scotland Yard said a 26-year-old man shot in a car during riots in Croydon has died in hospital, making him the second victim of the unrest after 29-year-old Mark Duggan, whose death in police firing last week had sparked the riots.

Cameron said as many as 450 persons had already been arrested and many more are certain to be rounded up in the coming days. "People should be in no doubt that we'll do everything necessary to restore order to British streets, and to make them safe for the law abiding," he said.

Talking tough, the Prime Minister said the culprits will be brought to bear the consequences of their actions and the government was determined to see that justice is delivered to the law abiding citizens. "And I have this very clear message to those people who are responsible for this wrongdoing and criminality: you will feel the full force of the law and if you are old enough to commit these crimes you are old enough to face punishment".

Cameron, who returned here after cutting short his holiday in Italy, said the parliament session had been recalled on Thursday so that "we can stand together in condemnation of these crimes and in determination to rebuild these communities".

The Parliament is only recalled for events of major national importance.

The last time it was recalled was in September 2002 to discuss the invasion of Iraq. In April of that year, the Parliament was recalled to condole the death of the Queen Mother.

Determined to prevent a fourth night of violence, Cameron said more than 16,000 officers will be on London streets tonight as against 6,000 last night, and all Met police leaves had been cancelled.

Cameron did not take questions from journalists after making the statement, saying there was work to do. The handling of the unrest in London and elsewhere in Britain were criticised for lack of leadership from the coalition government.


Cameron said: "I am determined, the government is determined that justice will be done and these people will see the consequences of their actions. He added: "And to these people I would say this: you are not only wrecking the lives of others, you're not only wrecking your own communities; you are potentially wrecking your own life too".

Man shot during London riots dead

A 26-year-old man shot in a car during riots here died in a hospital on Tuesday, becoming the first fatal casualty from three days of unrest in the British capital.

The Metropolitan Police launched an investigation after the man was found with gunshot wounds in his car on Monday night in Croydon, a south London suburb.

The injured man was found in a car late on Monday, police said without identifying him.

Meanwhile, the man shot by police whose death sparked the first riots in Tottenham died from a single bullet wound to the chest, an inquest has heard.

Mark Duggan, 29, was shot in Tottenham, north London, on Thursday after officers stopped the cab he was in to carry out an arrest. The North London Coroner's Court in High Barnet heard the father-of-four died of a single bullet wound, BBC reported.

Coroner Andrew Walker adjourned the hearing until December 12. Walker told members of Duggan's family: "Can I just offer my deepest sympathies to the family of Mark Duggan."

As members of the family will know, in due course there will be an inquest touching the death of Mark Duggan and this is the first stage in that process. Colin Sparrow, deputy senior investigator for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is looking into the shooting, told the hearing the inquiry could take up to six months.

Duggan's death occurred during an operation where specialist firearms officers were attempting to carry out an arrest. Duggan, a passenger in a minicab, was shot after an apparent exchange of fire with the officers from Operation Trident, the unit which deals with gun crime in the African and Caribbean communities. A police officer's radio was later found to have a bullet lodged in it.

Rooney appeals for peace

England striker Wayne Rooney has appealed for an end to the violence and looting in London that has put on Tuesday's friendly against the Netherlands in doubt.

After a third night of unrest in the British capital, Rooney wrote on Twitter: "This is embarrassing for our country. Stop please."

Talks will be held tomorrow to see if the Wembley Stadium match can go ahead.

Three League Cup matches scheduled for tomorrow across London were called off due to police resources being stretchedcoping with the spiraling disorder.

West Ham, which was due to host Aldershot, said police told them "all major public events in London were to be rearranged." Charlton's match against Reading and Crystal Palace's fixture against Crawley are also off.

 

(Agencies)