Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yobs Forced to Ditch Hoodies

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yobs Forced to Ditch Hoodies

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Byline: Martin Bentham, Joe Murphy and Peter Dominiczak

POLICE will be given powers to make yobs remove hoodies and masks in a battle to reclaim the streets, the Prime Minister promised a packed Commons today.

Putting security above civil liberties concerns, he vowed: "We will not put up with this in our country. We will not allow a culture of fear on our streets. We will do whatever it takes to restore law and order and rebuild our communities."

Facebook and Twitter may face restrictions under tough measures being considered. Contingency plans are being drawn up to deploy the Army on the streets to help police.

David Cameron told MPs on the emergency recall of Parliament: "The fightback has well and truly begun. But there will be no complacency. We will not stop until this mindless violence and thuggery is defeated and law and order is fully restored on all our streets." As he opened the session: Scotland Yard raided dozens of homes across the city to seize stolen goods and haul looters into a police cell.

Hundreds of new riot suspects appeared in court, including an Olympic ambassador who was reported by her own mother and a law student accused of rampaging through a restaurant in St John's Wood.

A "community hero" fighting for life after being attacked in Ealing was named as Richard Mannington Bowes.

Almost every MP flew back from holiday to attend the historic session ordered following the worst riots in living memory. Mr Cameron opened it with a statement that was 1 rich with announcements of action and pledged to review the laws on riot control.

Powers already exist for police to order a yob to take off a hood or face mask but are restricted to specific times and locations.

The Prime Minister said: "We will give police the discretion to remove face coverings under any circumstances where there is reasonable suspicion that they are related to criminal activity. …

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