More than 1,100 people were arrested when law enforcement took to the streets of London in an attempt to end four days of rioting.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who cut short his Italy vacation to deal with the situation, insisted he would not allow his country to fall hostage to a "culture of fear."
"We will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order onto our streets," Cameron vowed in televised statement Wednesday. "Nothing is off the table."
Although the police presence helped maintain calm on the streets of London Tuesday night, looting flared up in Manchester and Birmingham, where a murder investigation is now underway after three men were hit by a car and killed.
The violent protests started this weekend over a fatal police shooting. But they have now ballooned into a crime spree with looting, mugging, arson, and vandalism.
Some residents are now taking to the streets to fight back.
"This is a small minority of London," one resident said. "This is not London. You see over there, these people who are standing up for London. This is for London -- not the small minority that go around smashing up stuff that have nothing to wake up for in the morning."
Some in the media say the rioters are fighting back against government cuts to public aid.
The BBC posted sound bites of some of the female rioters defending the mayhem, saying they're "showing the rich we do what we want."
Meanwhile, the prime minister has recalled parliament from its recess for an emergency debate Thursday.
Are the UK riots the result of economic decay or moral decay? CBN News Senior Reporter Dale Hurd addressed that question and more on the CBN News Channel's Morning News, Aug. 10.