December 6, 2011
Britain faces years of public disorder fuelled by the economic crisis, with police battling to keep control of the streets, a former Scotland Yard chief has warned.
Lord Stevens made his warning at the launch of an independent commission into the future of policing, which has been set up by Labour as it tries to outflank the government on law and order.
Labour says the Tory-led government rebuffed its calls for a royal commission into policing, so it effectively set up its own.
Stevens, the last commissioner of the Metropolitan police to complete his term in office, warned the government not to be “insulting” or “arrogant” in dismissing the work of the panel of academics and former police chiefs that he will chair.