Mirren Found U.K. Riots ‘terrifying’

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September 20, 2011 | 4:15am EST

Veteran British actress Dame Helen Mirren has opened up about her reaction to the recent riots in her native U.K., revealing she found the unrest “terrifying”.
Last month, cities across England were blighted by rebels looting shops and setting fire to buildings over the course of four days.

Mirren was disgusted by the scenes of chaos and has likened the behavior to “cannibalism”.

She tells Radio Times magazine, “It was terrifying. There was a rush of crazed adrenaline and everyone… got caught up in it.

“We’re a funny, complicated country, Britain, there’s a streak of savagery and this was like cannibalism, society eating itself in a way.”

The actress, who played Jane Tennison in hit TV series Prime Suspect, is calling for more ethnic groups to be recruited in Britain’s police forces to help cut down criminal activity: “What they need are more of them (Jane Tennison-like cops) – black Jane Tennisons and Asian Jane Tennisons.”

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