POLICE and politicians have declared a fightback against rioters after three men were killed while trying to protect their community.
Prime Minister David Cameron announced reinforcements are now in place - including the use of water canons - as police forces across the country worked to prevent another night of the riots that have now claimed four lives.
As looting and mob violence spread from London to the North West and the Midlands three men - named as Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31 - were killed when a car was driven at them as they protected shops in Winson Green, Birmingham, at 1am yesterday, their families said.
Mr Cameron described the deaths as "truly dreadful."
West Midlands Police have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of murder. Meanwhile, the bloodied student seen by millions of people being mugged by yobs posing as Good Samaritans during the London riots has described how he was attacked.
"They threatened to stab me, they told me they had knives," Ashraf Haziq said from his hospital bed.
As he spoke, it was revealed an online petition demanding welfaredependent rioters convicted of offences linked to disorder sweeping the country should surrender their state handouts had more than 78,000 signatures.
The Department for Work and Pensions confirmed later that "any benefit recipient who is convicted of an offence and is imprisoned, will lose their benefit entitlement".
In a film posted on the internet and shown on television, Cyclist Ashraf Haziq was seen bleeding after being punched in the jaw.
Hooded youths initially pretended to help the 20-year-old to his feet then went through his rucksack, stealing his mobile phone and wallet, in Barking, East London.
Ashraf came to study in Britain less than a month ago from his home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. …