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'Supercop' Bill Bratton blames riots on public safety vacuum

A vacuum of public safety in Britain allowed August's riots to escalate out of control, US "supercop" Bill Bratton has said.

He told Richard Watson from Newsnight: "In certain areas it was perceived that the police were not there and anything goes."

The former police chief, who cut gang violence in some of America's toughest inner cities, is in the UK to advise the government on police strategy.

  • 12 Oct 2011
  • From the section UK