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UK police are moving their focus to the Midlands and Manchester in the latest wave of violence and
looting sweeping the country. Here's Rachael Brown with the latest on the crisis.

TONY EASTLEY: Correspondent Rachael Brown is in our London studio.

Rachael, good morning. It's late at night there, I understand. What developments have there been?

RACHAEL BROWN: Tony, the latest one is a firebombing of the Nottingham police station, which is
north of London.

Now a group of 30 or 40 men firebombed that police station. The flames have been put out and eight
men have been arrested.

But this follows arrests earlier in the night of 10 youths who were on the roof of the Nottingham
High School, so breakouts there at the moment.

TONY EASTLEY: Is it fair to say, Rachael, the focus of trouble has moved from London?

RACHAEL BROWN: It is. Nearby Nottingham the main breakouts have been in the West Midlands and
Manchester.

Mobs set alight two cars in the West Midlands and attacked shops there.

In Manchester a clothes store has been set alight and teenagers have been pelting an armoured
police van with rocks.

Now on the streets of London, however, shopkeepers were boarding up their shops quite early and
expecting - or bracing themselves for another night like the one we've seen over the past three
nights.

But it's been largely quiet, perhaps due to the 16,000 police officers that have been deployed
which- who were largely standing around earlier. I went for a walk down Regent Street.

But since I've been talking to you, Tony, I've heard some vans scream down past our bureau and
someone's told me that they are the vans we saw earlier who were just idle.

They've been brought down from north Wales. They're quite heavy police carriers.

TONY EASTLEY: And is it fair to say that the youths - either in London and elsewhere - they're
targeting commercial premises and shops not so much institutions, setting aside the police
stations?

RACHAEL BROWN: Mmm. Well, as you heard the comment from that young woman they're targeting the- who
they say is the rich people and they consider the rich people people who own businesses who, as you
would've heard that girl say, they just want to show the rich that we can do what we want.

And you would've heard the comment from the restaurant chefs who I spoke to earlier. They're
targeting very specific businesses and largely leaving things behind, well tonight at least, like
abandoned cars and other shopfronts who are empty.

Police have come under great criticism for the past couple of nights of not acting fast enough amid
the violence and the looting.

Teary people who've watched their businesses trashed or, even worse, burnt down are wondering why
police couldn't have got in faster and provide help. But Scotland Yard's deputy commissioner
Bernard Hogan-Howe says he doesn't think anyone could have predicted the level of violence that we
saw last night.

BERNARD HOGAN-HOWE: We will review everything we did. We can only respond to the circumstances we
see.

I don't think anyone could have anticipated the level of violence and the level of disruption we
saw last night.

We're talking in- as everyone knows in London there are 32 boroughs and in at least 10 of those we
saw large-scale disruption.

Now when we sped our officers out right across London - it's a huge geographical area - we have to
take account of that when we're deciding, you know, what we do with them, and we have to respond to
each incident. We have no plan that tells us where the next incident will be, so there will be
delays from time to time.

TONY EASTLEY: That's Scotland Yard's deputy commissioner, Bernard Hogan, speaking there.

Rachael, police have copped criticism. What about British politicians?

RACHAEL BROWN: They have also. David Cameron has rushed back from his Tuscan holiday to chair a
meeting of the government's emergency group, Cobra.

He was out in Croydon today. He didn't receive any jeers that I could hear but Nick Clegg, his
deputy, definitely did when he went to Birmingham.

And Boris Johnson, London's mayor, who's also returned home early from his holiday, received some
booing - some cheering but also some booing - in Clapham Junction today, which was the source of
violence last night.

Many see a vacuum of political leadership at the moment and robust policing, which is quite
worrying a year out from the Olympics. It's not a good look - which is also why I think the
government was very loathe to resort to bringing in the military, which was bandied around as an
option.

Definitely not a good look seeing tanks or soldiers on the street a year out from the Olympics.

TONY EASTLEY: Rachael Brown, our correspondent in London.