David Cameron has made a statement on the London riots, telling the nation to expect “many more arrests” over the coming days and a more “robust” police presence on the streets tonight as 16,00 officers are drafted in to deal with the disorder.

“This is criminality pure and simple,” Cameron said.

“We will do everything necessary to restore order.”

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The prime minster reassured the capital that is rioting continues tonight it will be met with a tougher police presence than has been seen over the last three days.

“We need more police and more police action on our streets,” Cameron said.

Tonight, said the PM, there will be 16,000 officers on the streets, backed by then government to take more “robust” action against rioters and looting.

“People should expect to see many more arrests in days to come,” he continued, saying he had a “clear message” for those involved in criminal activities.

“You will feel full force of law,” Cameron said. “You’re not only wrecking the lives of others and your own communities, you’re wrecking your lives too.

“People should be in no doubt that we are on the side of the law-abiding citizen.”