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NCJ Number: 123495 Find in a Library
Title: Broadwater Farm: A Study in Mob Violence
Journal: Police  Volume:21  Issue:9  Dated:(May/June 1989)  Pages:24,26,28
Author(s): M Walsh
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The 1980's have been marked by civil disturbances on a scale not seen in the United Kingdom for many decades, to include inner city riots, football hooliganism, and industrial disputes.
Abstract: One of the more notorious cases of mob violence involved the Tottenham Riots in October 1985. Rioting developed into major proportions in a short period of time, and police came under severe attack. Rioters were mostly young and of mixed ethnic origin. The weapons varied from hand-thrown missiles and firearms to clubs, knives, machetes, and empty metal beer kegs. Police sealed off the area, and a joint incident room was established to direct operations. This room coordinated police, fire, and ambulance services. Police were equipped with special riot clothing. About 1,000 police officers were employed to contain the rioting, 248 of whom reported injuries. Burning vehicles were a major problem for the emergency services. Thick clouds of black smoke from burning tires obscured visibility. Communication problems hampered riot control, and there were many cases of robbery and looting. 3 references, 1 table, 1 figure.
Main Term(s): Riot control
Index Term(s): Riot patterns; United Kingdom (UK)
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