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From Scotland, youth charity director and criminologist Stuart Waiton says its the impotent approach taken by police that has helped encourage the U.K.'s copycat riots. "Consequently, a relatively minor event in London that could and should have easily been nipped in the bud has escalated."

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Waiton says that what has helped create a "disconnected and self-absorbed group of youngsters" is the undermining of adult authority and the "more patronising and morally vacuous self-esteem obsessed approach of authorities and educationalists." "Coupled with a confused and impotent police force, the result has been mayhem," he claims.