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UK residents on post-riot clean-up mission

Armed with brushes, members of the public set about clearing rubbish from streets

UK residents on post-riot clean-up mission
Members of the public help to clean up Manchester city centre, on August 10, 2011, following a fourth night of violence in Britain. Britain's worst riots in decades raged into Wednesday as youths ran amok in Manchester and the industrial Midlands but London was quiet with 16,000 police swamping the streets to stem violence (AFP/Getty Images)
UK residents on post-riot clean-up mission
Emergency services have been cleaning up after a third night of rioting in and around London and other areas of England. (Getty Images)
UK residents on post-riot clean-up mission
Volunteers get ready to clean up after rioting at Clapham Junction on August 9, 2011 in London, England (Getty Images)
UK residents on post-riot clean-up mission
Community leaders say inequality, cuts to public services and high youth unemployment are also probably to blame for some of the worst violence seen in Britain for decades (Getty Images)
UK residents on post-riot clean-up mission
A surge in police numbers helped to calm streets in London and cities across England such as Manchester and Birmingham on Wednesday night, but four days of often unchecked disorder have embarrassed the authorities, leaving communities ransacked and exhausting emergency services (Getty Images)
UK residents on post-riot clean-up mission
People eager to clean up after last night's rioting gather at Clapham Junction on August 9, 2011 in London. Police arrested more than 1,000 people across England, filling cells and leaving courts working through the night to process hundreds of cases (Getty Images)
UK residents on post-riot clean-up mission
A man prepares to clean up the remains of his looted shop in Croydon, south of London. Tensions have been bubbling in Britain for some time, with the economy struggling to grow after an 18-month recession, one in five young people out of work and high inflation squeezing incomes and hitting the poor hardest (AFP/Getty Images)
UK residents on post-riot clean-up mission
Members of the public show their brushes to Mayor of London Boris Johnson, on August 9, 2011, as they prepare to clean their streets in Clapham Junction (AFP/Getty Images)
UK residents on post-riot clean-up mission
British prime minister David Cameron will face pressure to soften his austerity plans, toughen up policing and do more to help inner-city communities after days of riots and looting laid bare deep social tensions in a depressed economy (AFP/Getty Images)
UK residents on post-riot clean-up mission
As the clear up continues, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government must find quick fixes to avoid further unrest while also addressing longer-term problems in what Cameron has called 'broken Britain' (AFP/Getty Images)