British law enforcement officials have been advised to ignore regular sentencing guidelines and mete out harsher punishments when dealing with those found guilty of rioting last week. Only on msnbc.com Reuters Google-Motorola deal shakes up mobile world . Updated 12 minutes ago 8/16/2011 1:15:35 PM +00:00 Facing unemployment? There's hope in war . NBC: New evidence links Iran to terror group Dolphins examined to assess gulf recovery . AP Employers making more use of hiring tests . Learning about bel canto in Beijing How did 9/11 change your life? . ..The stepped-up guidelines issued by the country's prosecution service explain why some of those found to have been involved in the outbursts that swept Britain have received more punitive sentences than normal, The Guardian reported on Tuesday. For example, one mother-of-two was sent to jail for five months after being caught with a pair of shorts that had been stolen earlier, the newspaper reported. A 23-year-old was imprisoned for six months after stealing water worth $5.70 from a supermarket. The new guidance for Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service emerged after an official in south London said her court had been given guidelines that those involved in rioting should be sent to prison, the newspaper reported. The police and judicial system have come under intense pressure to deal harshly with those found to have been involved in the violence. Report: UK courts to give harsher riot sentences - World news - Europe - msnbc.com And, the police need to put some real damn bullets in their guns too.