Reporting Vic Carter
LONDON (WJZ) — The violence in London is spreading. Vic Carter reports fires are burning and buildings destroyed as police try to get growing riots under control.
A massive police presence couldn’t prevent a fourth straight day of riots in London. Sixteen thousand police officers are flooding the streets, hoping to control angry mobs, who have been on a rampage since Saturday.
“It doesn’t make any sense. It’s a disgrace,” said one person.
The violence erupted after police shot and killed a 29-year-old father of four last week.
“It’s crazy. Look at the state of it, completely destroyed,” said another.
One of the most stunning images of the chaos is a woman jumping out of a burning building into the arms of firefighters.
Britain’s prime minister cut his vacation short and ordered Parliament back to deal with the crisis.
“We will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain’s streets,” said Prime Minister David Cameron.
British police promise to use surveillance footage to track down and prosecute the rioters.
Amateur video shows a man apparently looting the backpack of an injured teenager.
“We have images and we will be coming to arrest you over the coming days,” said Acting Police Commissioner Tim Godwin.
So far, almost 700 people have been arrested in what’s now the worst rioting in England since the 1980s.