London riots: Over 100 policemen, five service dogs injured

August 10th, 2011 - 6:55 am ICT by IANS  

David Cameron London, Aug 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The riots in London have injured 111 police officers and five service dogs, Scotland Yard said in a statement Tuesday.

Many officers remain hospitalised with broken bones, head injuries, serious cuts and eye injuries from broken glass, the Scotland Yard stated.

Rioters have been throwing bricks, bottles, sticks and other objects at police who are trying to keep order in the streets of London, as looting and fires have been witnessed since Saturday in the capital city of Britain.

Five police dogs have also been injured in various attacks. One was seriously injured when hit on the head with a brick.

One dog had its teeth broken out by an object thrown at it. The remaining dogs were injured by bottles and other items hurled in their direction.

Scotland Yard said mounted police and their horses, though both are very exhausted, have so far not been injured in the riots.

British police are considering the possible use of plastic bullets against rioters in London for the first time ever in a British disturbance, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said earlier Tuesday.

London police have refrained from using any riot control weapons or firearms against rioters in the past three days.

However, an emergency COBRA meeting resolved that harsher measures are needed to curb the rioting.

According to the latest police statistics, 563 rioters have been detained and 105 of them have been accused of disrupting public order, destroying property, and theft.

About 60 percent of Britain’s police force were deployed in London. A record number of police, 16,000, will be on duty in the capital over the next 24 hours.

Hundreds of people were arrested Monday night after looting, violence and arson spread across London and other cities.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the British parliament would be recalled from summer recess.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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