BLAME the politics, not our brave police officers. It’s time the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary stop acting like Dempsey and Makepeace.

The ugly riots have come as a nasty shock for a Prime Minister who has seen his dream of a big society turn to ashes!

This is definitely because of the Government and this country – we as a society, as a nation – treating the underclass badly and not giving them the support they need!

This is a wake-up call.

We already have all our troops overseas and there is a lack of police. We’re sitting ducks. If any terrorists were to hit now, we’d be at our weakest.

MUMTAZ FAREED Chairman, Oxford Local Area Policing Board Marston Road, Oxford