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Police defend response to riots

Senior police officers have robustly defended their response to the riots following criticism from the prime minister on Thursday that their tactics were wrong.

After a meeting of the emergency committee Cobra, Sir Hugh Orde said frontline officers had behaved "magnificently" and, although denying a rift between policemen and politicians, stressed it was police who made tactical decisions, not MPs.

Mark Easton reports.

  • 12 Aug 2011
  • From the section UK
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