UK police body calls US riot adviser 'slap in face'

August 13, 2011 20:21

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to appoint a US street crime expert as an adviser after recent riots was a "slap in the face", a police body said on Saturday.

William Bratton, credited with curbing street crime as police chief in New York, Los Angeles and Boston, said he would help the British government develop strategies on dealing with widespread rioting and gang culture.

The move comes after hooligans, arsonists and looters seemingly took control of streets with ease in parts of England's major cities during four days of riots.

But a leader of the Greater Manchester Police Federation, which represents police interests', said Britain did not need somebody "who lives 5,000 miles away", and said the only thing the police needed was more funding.

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