May: 'Now is not the time to be calling for the arming of police'

The Home Secretary has defended the practise of British police remaining unarmed.

Theresa May said; "We're clear we have a British model of policing, that is the one our police very much support. I think that routine unarmed policing that goes on our streets is right. I don't think this is the time for us to be calling for the arming of police."

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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.