December 20, 2011

Gus John says shooting rioters is ‘dangerous’ idea

A Manchester academic has said the idea that police could lawfully shoot rioting arsonists was “very dangerous”. A review of the August riots by the Inspectorate of Constabulary has suggested firearms could “potentially” be deployed where arson […]
October 17, 2011

Peter Figueroa obituary

There is a certain poignancy about the timing of Peter Figueroa’s death, aged 75, during the period of rioting across England this summer – the worst civil unrest seen for a generation, sparked in part by the […]
August 11, 2011

London Riots: a youthful underclass

Chalk Farm became one more of some unlikely places to be targeted by violent street protesters in the last few days.  It was also the scene of yet one more of those senseless killings of young people […]
July 6, 2011

Moss Side riots: the struggle to find a way through troubled waters

When Benet Hytner QC was doused with a jug of water by a member of public, he might have known the course of the Moss Side riots inquiry would not run smooth. Mr Hytner, as he chaired […]
January 18, 2011

New Cross fire – a turning point?

January 18th 1981 was a point of no return; an important historic moment in the life of Black Britain and arguably a defining moment for our modern diverse society. On that day a fire at a birthday party at 439 […]
June 17, 2010

Go after the gunrunners

There has been much soul-searching since Derrick Bird went on a gun rampage in Cumbria, murdering 12 people. Some commentators have warned, rightly, against the government rushing to legislate in the face of public horror over such incidents. The Cumbria shootings […]
July 6, 2006

Moss Side Riots 25 years on

IN a room at the West Indian Sports and Social Club in Moss Side, rookie police officers and a group of young black men from the neighbourhood are acting act out a scene which has been a […]

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