Brixton 1981 and 1985

Calls for public inquiry into Brixton riots

The Guardian, April 13 1981

THE Brixton violence yesterday produced a volley of calls for a public inquiry to establish the underlying reasons for the conflict, and in particular to scrutinise the role and tactics of the police.

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Police commander beaten up as "establishment figure"

The Guardian, April 22 1981

The London police commander who was beaten up during street fighting in Finsbury Park on Monday night suggested yesterday that he had been singled out by black rioters because he was a symbol of the Establishment.

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Sid hits out - official

The Guardian, July 9 1981

Wood Green's experience of looting and street-fighting on Tuesday night was quite unlike that of Bristol or Liverpool or other parts of London. It was largely a media event.
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Looting tests low-profile police strategy

The Guardian, July 9 1981

Forty three people were charged with theft and public order offences yesterday after Tuesday night's looting in Wood Green, Harringey, north London where local police had previously decided to keep a low profile.
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Victim of police beating helps to calm protest at his treatment

The Guardian, July 11 1981

Hundreds of young people took to the streets of Brixton last night to protest at police activities.
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Brixton: cars burned, shops looted in protests against police

The Guardian, July 11 1981

Hundreds of young people took to the streets of Brixton last night to protest at police activities.

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Police start beating up girls as their tactics and equipment fail

The Guardian, July 13 1981

In Effra Road, Brixton, on Friday night, I saw a swarm of Special Patrol Group officers catch two teenage black girls. Two of the officers stood one of the girls up against a wall and pummelled her stomach and face with their fists.
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Courts crack down hard on rioters

The Guardian, July 14 1981

Curfews, fines of up to £500, and prison sentences of up to nine months were imposed yesterday as courts all round the country responded to the Government's appeal to deal quickly with rioters.
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Brixton in flames after police shoot unarmed woman

The Observer, September 29 1985
with Paul Lashmar, Martin Bailey and Alison Bate

Hundreds of angry youths surged through the streets of Brixton, south London, last night burning cars, looting shops and petrol-bombing police in a wave of protest at the accidental shooting by police of a 38-year-old West Indian woman yesterday morning.
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The roots of rioting in Brixton

The Observer, October 6 1985
with Hugo Davenport, Arlen Harris and Christian Wolmar

In an extraordinary public statement yesterday, nine Anglican clergymen in Brixton came together to issue a joint declaration in the wake of the Brixton riots.
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