4 AUGUST 1866, Page 2

The Hyde-Park riots have ended, but they seem to have

given the "roughs" a new audacity. Respectable people are stopped and robbed with complete impunity, not only in the Park but in North London. The outrages are generally committed by young men, the dusk renders identification difficult, and the police are too few to deal with their numerous and nimble anta- gonists. In Hyde Park the remedy is simple. It is part of London, and ought to be lighted, and patrolled by the regular police as if it were a great square, but in Camden. Town and the neighbourhood of Primrose Hill more constables are required. As long as there is order the London proportion of one policeman to 500 souls is sufficient, but on the least outb.reak of the spirit of mischief the police appear to be almost powerless, and the respect- ablea are driven to the dangerous expedient of arming themselves.