England riots continue to dominate papers

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Continued unrest in several English cities is the dominant topic in Wednesday's papers.

"Summer madness" is one of the ways that the Daily Mirror describes the past four nights of arson and looting.

And the Sun is not alone in wondering what message has been sent out to the world by "the pall of smoke over blazing London".

The disturbances have seen what the Daily Express calls the "worst scenes since the Blitz".

The Times says the riots "are a disgrace to London and the nation".

A cartoon in the paper shows two youths in hoodies and track suits in front of an Olympic poster - one holding aloft a Molotov cocktail, not an Olympic torch.

A similar point is made in a drawing by Matt in the Daily Telegraph which shows a policeman giving directions to two bemused tourists.

"The Olympic stadium?" he says, "turn left at the second burnt-out bus and right at the looted electrical store."

Just as the rioters have used new technology to co-ordinate their crimes, the papers hope that security camera images can be used to catch the guilty.

The Daily Star is one of several papers to print pictures of suspects, under the headline: "Let's shop a looter".

Similarly, the Sun invites the public to call the police with information.

This is not a political protest," says the Independent, " rather an outbreak of "acquisitive looting or brainless destruction" by a criminal underclass.

Papers across the political spectrum agree on the urgent need to restore order after continued unrest.

"The attacks, the destruction, the criminality and the reign of fear must be stopped," argues the Guardian.

"Protecting the public at home is the first duty of any government," says the Daily Mail.

To that end, the Sun demands "decisive action", calling for "our brave police" to be given "a free hand to smash the mobs - whatever it takes".

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