A spokesman for Scotland Yard details the response of the Metropolitan police to last night's riots:
"Last night was the worst the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) has seen in current memory for unacceptable levels of widespread looting, fires and disorder.
"The MPS responded with the largest policing operation of the three nights to date (approximately 2,500 officers in addition to 3,500 officers already on boroughs).
"This included receiving aid from other forces and using armoured vehicles to support officers on the ground to clear areas of trouble.
"A significant number of arrests were made (well over 200 overnight - in excess of 450 over the three nights), leading to all MPS cells being full and prisoners being taken to surrounding forces."