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Cameron may use army to tackle riots

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday announced further measures to deal with the rioting spreading across the country, saying would consider using the army to help calm down future riots.

"It is the government's responsibility to make sure that every future contingency is looked at, including whether there are tasks that the army could undertake that might free up more police for the front line," Cameron told lawmakers during an emergency Parliamentary session.

Addressing the Parliament recalled to debate the issue, he said the rioters would pay for what they have done and the broken society would be addressed.

The increased numbers of police on duty would continue throughout the weekend, Cameron said.

Cameron also praised those who have cleaned up streets and patrolled areas to keep them safe, saying that the government was "on your side." The Prime Minister said that he would give police powers to force people to remove facial coverings, such as scarves where there are reasonable grounds to believe they are planning criminal activity.

In addition, Cameron said the government would meet the cost of any legitimate compensation claims and a 10-million-pound recovery scheme would be set up for councils to make areas safe and clean again.

Ahead of the London Olympics next year, Cameron said Britain would show the world that it is fighting back and looking forward.

England experienced its first quiet night Wednesday after four consecutive nights of rioting, first in London and then in cities in the northwest, the midlands and the west. AFP

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