Blair Peach

"Blair Peach was hit with police truncheon" - witness

The Guardian, April 29 1980
with David Pallister

A policeman struck Blair Peach on the head with 'a long, fairly narrow weapon' which looked like a truncheon, a coroner's jury was told yesterday on the first day of the inquest into the New Zealand teacher's death.
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Police "hit people over the head, made no attempt to arrest them"

The Guardian, April 29 1980
with David Pallister

Police with truncheons appeared to 'queue up' to attack a man during the Southall riots, the opening day of the Blair Peach inquest heard yesterday.
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16-year-old girl tells of being chased and hit in the face by policeman

The Guardian, April 30 1980
with David Pallister

Police chased a 16-year-old girl down an alley and hit her in the face with a truncheon; accused a student of liking 'Paki bastards' and punched him in the mouth; and scattered a crowd by driving a coach into it at high speed, the Blair Peach inquest was told yesterday.
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Officers had unauthorised knives, pick-axe handles and iron bars

The Guardian, May 7 1980
with David Pallister

Police officers on crime-fighting duties often use unauthorised weapons such as pick-axe handles and special, heavier truncheons, the Blair Peach inquest at Hammersmith coroner's court was told yesterday.
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Police describe 'potential riot' with missiles thrown at officers

The Guardian, May 7 1980
with David Pallister

Two police inspectors, one of whom chased demonstrators down the road where Blair Peach was killed, told the inquest yesterday how a 'potential riot' was developing in Southall's Broadway last April 23.
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Sergeant says police feelings were 'running high'

The Guardian, May 8 1980
with David Pallister

Three sergeants from the Special Patrol Group yesterday described how their crews charged up an avenue in SouthaIl in pursuit of an Asian who had just thrown a brick which had hit one of their men in the face during demonstrations on April 23 last year.
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Blair Peach "had an unusually thin skull"

The Guardian, May 10 1980

Blair Peach had an unusually thin skull which could have been crushed by a blow from a broad smooth instrument like a police radio, a pathologist yesterday told the inquest into his death.
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Lawyers highlight discrepancies in police evidence

The Guardian, May 15 1980
with David Pallister

A series of discrepancies in the evidence of Special Patrol Group officers was highlighted by counsel for the family of Blair Peach at the resumed inquest yesterday into his death at Hammersmith coroner's court.
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Officers deny seeing anyone hit with a truncheon

The Guardian, May 16 1980
with David Pallister

The last of the 38 Special Patrol Group officers to give evidence at the Blair Peach inquest yesterday all denied seeing anyone hit by a police truncheon.
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Peach was hit by "a single, heavy blow from police truncheon"

The Guardian, May 17 1980
with David Pallister

Two witnesses yesterday told the inquest on Blair Peach that they saw him being struck over the head with a police truncheon during last April's disturbances in Southall although they differed about details of where he was at the time.
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'Unusual heavy weapon broke Blair Peach's skull'

The Guardian, May 9 1981
with David Pallister

A weighted rubber cosh or a pipe filled with lead shot could have been the weapon which fractured the skull of London teacher Blair Peach, the inquest jury was told yesterday.

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Scotland Yard fails to reform Special Patrol Group

The Guardian, May 28 1981

A year after the inquest on the Southall riot victim Blair Peach, Scotland Yard has disclosed that the Special Patrol Group has still not adopted all the reforms proposed by the coroner's jury and by the Yard's own internal review.

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