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Riots showed police 'are seen to be weak'

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Cities burning, shops looted, police seemingly overwhelmed. London and a host of other English cities have seen the worst outbreak of street violence in a generation.

But what prompted these summer riots? Stephen Sackur spoke to a community youth worker turned Conservative politician, Shaun Bailey and a former senior policeman, Peter Power.

Watch the full interview on BBC World News on Thursday 11th August at 03:30 GMT, 08:30 GMT, 15:30 and 20:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel on Friday 12th August at 00:30 BST and at 04:30 BST.

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