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"Every contingency is being looked at" - PM

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Prime Minister David Cameron has said that every contingency is being looked at to restore law and order. External site: [Theresa May condemns violence]( External site: [PM statement on violence in England](

Speaking after a further COBRA emergency planning meeting, the PM said a “major fightback was working” with over 750 arrests so far and a huge police operation to arrest further culprits “picture by picture”.

Sentences were being passed round the clock with courts sitting through the night last night to prosecute those involved.

Mr Cameron also said a “more robust approach” by Scotland Yard last night had prevented a repeat of the worst trouble.

Continued violence was unacceptable, the PM said, and stressed that ”whatever resources the police need they will get” including contingency plans for water cannons to be available at 24 hours’ notice.

The PM, who called for a clearer code of responsibility to fix the pockets of  ”broken and sick society”, said we had seen the worst as well as some of the best of Britain.

We need to have a clearer code of values and standards that we expect people to live by and stronger penalties if they cross the line.  Restoring a stronger sense of responsibility across our society, in every town, in every street, in every estate is something I’m determined to do.

Tomorrow, there will be a COBRA meeting as well as a Cabinet meeting. The PM will then deliver a statement to the House of Commons setting out in full the Government’s response to the violence in England.