Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned against any kneejerk calls to arm British police after the death of two officers in a grenade and gun attack.
Mr Clegg said: "I don't think this is the time to rush to instant judgements, this really is a time for mourning and support, of course, for the family and friends of the two women who have been killed.
"We have a long tradition in this country, which is a great tradition, of policing in the community, of the police being part of the public and the public supporting and giving their consent to the police.
He added: "I think it is the kind of thing that you need to look at very carefully and certainly not, even though I know emotions are running high, in an instant way after this terrible, terrible tragedy."
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