British ships will be protected against pirates by teams of armed guards, prime minister David Cameron has announced. He said that a law prohibiting the presence of armed protection on board UK vessels will be relaxed so that firms shipping valuable goods around the world can hire extra security in the form of weapon-wielding guards.

The premier suggested drastic action is needed in this area as the capabilities of pirates in certain spots – such as the Horn of Africa – continue to increase.
Westminster will approve plans for the home secretary to have the final say on whether companies can use armed guards.
Cameron described Somali pirates, who have hijacked a number of ships in recent years and instigated huge ransom demands, as a ‘complete stain on our world’.
Speaking to the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One this morning, the prime minister stated: ‘The fact that a bunch of pirates in Somalia are managing to hold to ransom the rest of the world and our trading system is a complete insult and the rest of the world needs to come together with much more vigour.’

He added there is evidence showing that many countries that have laws designed to allow the use of armed guards find their ships experience fewer pirate attacks.

Thank you for “stating the bleedin’ obvious” Prime Minister. Not a moment too soon. Praise the Lord…. Pass the ammunition!