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PM defends 'tough' riot sentences handed out by courts

David Cameron has praised the courts for handing out tough sentences to some of those involved in last week's riots.

There has been criticism that the courts have shown a lack of consistency and a lack of balance.

The debate intensified after the prison sentences given yesterday to two men for inciting disorder by using Facebook.

So far the official figures show that 2,770 people have been arrested in connection with last week's riots.

1,297 suspects have appeared in courts in English towns and cities and 65 per cent of those have been remanded in custody.

Chris Buckler reports.

  • 17 Aug 2011
  • From the section UK
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