HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright says the “mindless thugs” who are causing havoc across the country are raising questions over policing next year’s Olympic Games.
Mr Wright was back in the capital today after Parliament was recalled early by Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss disturbances that have also hit cities including Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol
The MP, like the rest of the nation, has been shocked by the level of violence he has seen on TV and hopes the incidents will not put next year’s sporting showcase in jeopardy.
Mr Wright told the Hartlepool Mail: “I had anticipated a recall because of the stock market crash and the change in credit rating of America but now we also have this matter to sort out.
“What is happening is completely and utterly unacceptable. These are not demonstrators protesting about anything that is reasonable, they are mindless thugs that are thieving and robbing.
“Any right-minded person will condemn what is happening.
“I’m particularly concerned about the copycat riots coming up as far as Leeds. Hopefully it will come no further but we need to support our police force as much as we can at this time.”
Mr Wright said that questions need to be asked about the Metropolitan Police force’s reaction, its capabilities and what Parliament can do to support officers.
But he also believes members should be looking at how the capital is policed in the future, with the London 2012 Olympic Games only months away.
He added: “The whole world is watching what is going on and the eyes of the world will be upon us again for the Olympics.
“People will want to come here and enjoy sport without any risk so we need to look at the security and the plans in place.
“Parliament will need to ensure the police have all the powers and resources to restore law and order now and in the future.”