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Thousands of police are out on the streets of the UK in an effort to prevent a fifth night of rioting.

Both Manchester and Birmingham have 1,000 officers on duty, while large numbers are available should trouble arise in London.

Though minor skirmishes have been reported, police have so far faced nothing on the scale of previous night's unrest.

Police have been have been called to Eltham in south east London in response to vigilante groups of local men taking to the streets. However, following a substantial deployment of officers in full riot gear, the standoff remains calm.

The disturbance in Eltham follows a similar pattern to last night, when police were called to the area to contain a group of around 300 disgruntled local residents, with some bottle throwing reported. According to the the men, they had amassed in defiance of rioters to defend their homes and businesses.

Officers are currently asking local residents to return to their homes.

Earlier today, the father of one of three men killed in Birmingham last night appealed for calm, amid fears of another night of violence in the city.

Tariq Jahan, whose 21 year-old son Haroon was run over and killed last night in Birmingham, has called for people in his community to "grow up and go home".

Making a televised statement Jahan said: "Last night we lost three cherished members of our community... today we stand here to plead with all the youth to remain calm and for our communities to stand united."

Haraoon Jahan was named this afternoon as one of the three men killed in the Winson Green area of the city overnight. The other two men were brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31. A 32 year-old man has been arrested, and police are treating the investigation as a murder inquiry. Reports earlier said the dead men had been killed while protecting their community from looters.

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The Prime Minister has visited Birmingham this afternoon. He sent the families of the three dead men his deepest condolences, describing the killings as “a truly dreadful incident.” Earlier in the day David Cameron announced that “the fight-back has begun” against those who’ve been involved in four nights of rioting across England, and revealed that the police had been authorised to use water-cannon should they feel they needed to.

The killing of the three men in Birmingham has raised fears of reprisal attacks this evening, and police in major cities in England remain on the highest level of alert. In his statement this evening Tariq Jahan said that the riots were "not a race issue".

"Black, White, Asian we're all part of the same community," he said. "Why do we have to kill each other?... Step forward if you want to lose your sons, otherwise calm down and go home."

Addressing those in the area when his son was killed, Jahan said: "I know you, you know me, we were all there together, please come forward."

However tensions rose immediately after his statement, with several people appearing to chant together for justice. This prompted Jahan to again call for calm. Still live on television, Jahan told the crowd of young people to "grow up" and go home.

His comments echo those by police and politicians, who have urged people not to resort to vigilantism against rioters. Last night dozens of people took to the streets of North London to ward off potential trouble-makers.

In London, the Metropolitan Police has announced that it has arrested 805 people in connection with the riots since Saturday. Of those 251 have been charged. The figures do not include the scores of arrests made around the UK.

Courts have been pushed to quickly process those arrested as the government looks to send out a message of deterrence. Those who have appeared include an 11-year-old boy from Romford in Essex, who admitted to looting the Debenhams store in his home town on Monday night. Because of his age, the boy cannot be named. In court he spoke only to confirm his name, age and date of birth.

The Highbury Court Magistrates in north London, where the youth appeared, has witnessed such an influx of cases that it has been forcing to sit through all of Tuesday night to clear the backlog. A similar vigil is expected tonight as more looters and rioters are brought to justice.

Also appearing before Highbury Court was 31-year-old Alexis Bailey, who pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal from Richer Sounds in Croydon. He was released on bail and will be sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court at a future date.

Speaking outside Downing Street earlier today, David Cameron said: “The courts sat through the night last night and will do so again tonight. It is for the courts to pass sentence but I expect anyone convicted of violent disorder to be sent to prison. We needed a fight back and a fight back is underway.”

In Croydon, the Magistrates court has processed twice as many cases as it would in a typical sitting. Those charged include Joseph Levy, a 41-year-old drug addict who stole a bottle of wine. Also appearing was Ohene Bamfo, a 20-year-old charged with robbery theft and violent disorder, who was remanded in custody. A 14-year-old girl charged with stealing a camera also appeared.

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“In recent weeks the prison population has reached record highs and prison and probation officers are being increasingly overstretched. It is vital for public safety and for security in our prisons and the youth secure estate that prison and probation staff get the resources and support they need", he said in a statement released on Thursday.

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The package of support being announced today includes:

A £10m recovery fund to help councils with the immediate costs of making their areas safe, clear and clean again. This fund can be used, for example, to clear debris left strewn in streets and make immediate repairs to pavements and roads. This Recovery scheme can also be used to support councils who use their powers to offer council tax discounts or council tax relief to those whose homes have been damaged but are still habitable.

A £20m High Street Support Scheme - funded jointly by the Departments for Communities and Local Government, and Business Innovation and Skills, which will be made available immediately, for the streets and areas where businesses were affected by the rioting. The money is intended to finance those measures that will get business trading again and meet short term costs. Councils will distribute the money and could use it to reduce business rates, finance building repairs and encourage customers back to the affected areas.

In addition, seriously damaged homes and business properties will be taken off the respective valuation lists, and Mr Pickles has strongly encouraged the Valuation Office Agency and local authorities to do so as promptly as possible. This removes any liability for council tax or business rates.

Councils have the power to offer rate relief for local firms, but must pay a quarter of the cost; central government automatically pays for three quarters of the cost. This Scheme will help reimburse councils for their costs, to facilitate immediate and real financial help to be given to small and medium firms to rebuild their local businesses. Business rates are typically the third biggest outgoing for firms after rent and staff.

Re-housing funding to meet the immediate costs of emergency accommodation for families who have been made homeless by the disturbances. As these are exceptional circumstances, Mr Pickles has confirmed that his Department would meet these costs under established homelessness funding processes.

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Commenting on the government's measures to help businesses affected by the riots, Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said:

“We welcome these announcements by the government, as they offer practical assistance at what is a terrible time for many businesses across London and the UK. We are also pleased to see that the government recognises the importance of getting businesses back up and running.

"It is important, however, that businesses in affected areas that did not experience any direct damage are able to take advantage of the measures announced today, where they have suffered an indirect impact.

"Ultimately though it will be the enduring spirit of London’s businesses that will see them recover from these appalling events, and ensure that the capital remains the best place in the world to do business.”

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