Clegg: Shouldn't rush to instant judgements over arming police

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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'No desire' to arm officers

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has warned against any knee-jerk call to routinely arm the police after two officers were killed in a grenade and gun attack. Their deaths have reignited calls for bobbies on the beat to be armed.