BLACK Country politicians say those responsible for “sickening scenes” of violence which have been sweeping city streets can expect to feel the full force of the law.

Stourbridge and Dudley South Conservative MPs Margot James and Chris Kelly this morning (Tuesday) condemned the riots which began in London and swept through a number of cities including Birmingham.

Both praised the bravery shown by police in tackling the violence and welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to recall Parliament this Thursday to bring MPs together to take a united stand against the rioters.

Mr Kelly said: “The government will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain's streets and to make them safe for law abiding citizens.

“The violence and disorder we are seeing is completely unacceptable. These are sickening scenes.

“The Home Secretary has made it clear that all those committing criminal acts will be pursued and prosecuted with the full weight of the law applied.

“The destruction of and theft from private property is absolutely appalling and my heart goes out to those who have lost their businesses - in many cases their entire life's work - and those who have lost their homes and all of their possessions.

“I feel particularly strongly that many small, trade-based family businesses who have been ruined must now be fairly treated by their insurers and the local authorities, government agencies etc.”

He praised the “incredible bravery” shown by police and added: “It is clear we need more police on our streets and more robust police action.”

Ms James said it was likely emergency powers would have to be considered by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary.

The Stourbridge MP said: “As politicians we need to look at the law and police powers. And we need a more effective means of nipping future rioting and looting in the bud.”

She said she believes the unprecedented violence has stemmed from the “detachment of many young people from the consequences of their actions”.

And she added: “This is hardly surprising given how so many perpetrators of lower level anti-social behaviour get away with vandalism, graffiti spraying and intimidation every day across Britain.”

But she said the police would now leave “no stone unturned in the hunt for the guilty” - adding: “The Crown Prosecution Service and the courts must step up this time and support the change we need to see by bringing as many prosecutions as possible and delivering the maximum sentences available.”

She said she hoped tracks left on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook would help lead to the identification of some of the offenders. She also suggested the wearing of masks and hoods by perpetrators to obscure identity should also result in longer sentences; and courts should ensure those participating in mass looting receive “harsher punishment than if they acted alone”.

The MP said she was sure London and other cities affected would recover - but she said events would likely cause other countries to question Britain’s ability to safely host the London 2012 Olympics.

But she added: “I take my hat off to the police, many of whom have had leave cancelled and have been working with hardly a break facing situations of extreme danger.”

And she said she hoped some sort of recovery fund might be set up to help individuals and businesses affected by the violence.

Meanwhile West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, which responded to 34 incidents in Birmingham city centre last night, has moved to reassure people in the Dudley area that the busy night of disorder had no impact on 999 emergencies in the borough.

A spokeswoman said: “The Trust has contingency plans in place to ensure that, despite these unfortunate events, we will continue to operate a normal 999 emergency ambulance service throughout the whole region.”