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1,600 held, 796 in court over riots

Police across the country have made 1,600 arrests and 796 people have appeared in court charged in connection with the riots, the Ministry of Justice said.

In cases where the age of the defendant is known, 83%, or 576, are adults and 17%, or 122, are under 18.

Two-thirds of those who have come before magistrates have been remanded in custody and a large number have been sent to crown courts, which have powers to hand down prison sentences of longer than six months.

The majority of charges relate to burglary, theft, handling stolen goods, violence and violent disorder.

The Ministry of Justice said in a statement: "There has been enormous effort using unprecedented measures across the criminal justice system to ensure individuals committing these appalling crimes are brought to justice swiftly and effectively.

"Individuals have been arrested, processed, and appeared before the courts the same day, thanks to courts and prisons running through the night. We will continue to work closely with police, Crown Prosecution Service, court service and prisons to ensure those responsible are brought to justice swiftly.

"We have enough prison places for those that are sentenced to custody after these incidents. There is substantial capacity in the prison and youth justice system."

Meanwhile, Scotland Yard revealed it received a record number of telephone calls from the public across London during the riots. The force's three communications centres received more than 42,000 calls, including just over 20,000 emergency calls, between 7am on Monday and 7am on Tuesday.

Over the following 24 hours, they dealt with 31,000 calls, of which nearly 10,000 were emergency calls. The previous highest total for a single day was just under 11,000 emergency calls on October 13 2008.

London's firefighters dealt with 109 blazes in properties where lives were thought to be at risk during the riots in the capital. Ten firefighters were injured and eight fire engines had their windscreens smashed in the unrest on the capital's streets.


From Belfast Telegraph