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British police plan to flood the streets to stem weekend violence

It seems the British police, after some serious black eyes, are getting their act together. Full story.

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Shoppers walk past a Greater Manchester Police advertising board displaying images of people suspected of committing crimes during the recent riots in Manchester, northern England August 12. Police prepared to flood the streets on Friday to ensure that weekend drinking does not reignite the rioting that swept London and other cities this week, shocking Britons and sullying their country's image a year before it hosts the Olympics.

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Charlie Burton, 18, is taken from City of Westminster Magistrates' court after pleading guilty to violent disorder during the recent riots in London August 12. Police prepared to flood the streets on Friday to ensure that weekend drinking does not reignite the rioting that swept London and other cities this week, shocking Britons and sullying their country's image a year before it hosts the Olympics.

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Stafford Blake (C) from Peckham writes a message to put on a looted storefront in Peckham, southeast London August 12, 2011.

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A woman looks at a message board in Peckham, south-east London, on August 12, established by a local theater company after the recent riots and looting in the area. British Prime Minister David Cameron says the riots which have scarred England were motivated by pure criminality, but opposition politicians and academics say they also point to social deprivation.

Streets were calm in London on Thursday night, as some of the police officers dispatched to keep the peace spent the day raiding homes and rounding up suspects from the four straight nights of violence, riots, and looting. NBC's Brian Williams reports.