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THE gulf in the coalition bet-ween the Lib Dems and the Tor-ies on how to tackle the social problems surrounding the recent rioting and looting in English cities widened after Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith declared Britain is in "the last chance saloon".
While it is understandable that the courts have been asked to treat the public disturbances as an aggravating factor, this should be balanced against a key principle of criminal justice, that of proportionality.
Everyone is disgusted at the wanton scenes of rioting and looting seen last week.
A LEADING crime writer has warned First Minister Alex Salmond against "congratulating himself" that the riots of last week could not happen in Scotland.
RIOT-hit Tottenham and Croydon are to receive £20 million of investment to kick-start economic growth and regeneration, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced.
CRACKS within the coalition have opened up with a row over the sentences being given to people found guilty of taking part in the riots and looting in English cities.
POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers were mown down while chasing looters during last week's riots.
There was almost "non-existent pre-intelligence" in foreseeing the widespread riots which broke out across England, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers has said.
London Mayor Boris Johnson paid a chaotic visit to riot-hit Peckham to show his support for the community after last week's disturbances.
HOME Secretary Theresa May has ruled out the appointment of a US "supercop" as the new head of Scotland Yard.
LONDON mayor Boris Johnson said he is "obsessed" with getting more police officers on the street in the wake of the riots that rocked the capital last week.
A JUDGE praised the parents of a 14-year-old boy for turning him into the police after he confessed to looting three packets of chewing gum worth just £1.
KAYE Adams, the BBC broadcaster, has been accused of being unfit to present a top current affairs programmes after she tweeted that Boris Johnson "should p*** off back to boarding school".
HOME Secretary Theresa May has hit back at senior police chiefs over political criticism of their initial riot response, insisting it was her job to tell forces "what the public want them to do".
DAVID Cameron will promise to confront the "slow motion moral collapse" behind last week's rioting today as the fallout continues from the orgy of destruction that swept parts of England.
A QUESTION mark hung over the courts' ability to process hundreds of people charged over the riots in London.
A 26-YEAR-OLD man and a teenager were remanded in custody after appearing in court yesterday charged with the murders of three men who were struck by a car during last week's riots.
ON A bright summer's day, the stage in Winson Green bore a message of hope and light after the recent darkness: "One Birmingham, one city, one voice for peace."