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    Brixton clears up after night of looting
    By Raymond Whitaker
    22 July 2001
    Brixton in south London was counting the cost yesterday
    after a demonstration over the fatal police shooting of
    psychiatric patient Derek Bennett turned violent.

    Community leaders were called to a meeting at Scotland
    Yard to discuss increased security after about 100 youths
    clashed with police, overturning four cars and looting
    shops in the centre of Brixton on Friday night.
    Twenty-six were arrested. One charge of assaulting police
    was laid after what the police described as "sporadic
    acts of violence". Three officers suffered injuries.

    Security concerns were heightened yesterday by the start
    of the annual Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park,
    near the scene of the trouble. A Metropolitan Police
    spokesman said high visibility patrols were continuing,
    and more arrests were planned after the police had
    studied closed-circuit TV footage.

    Tension has been high in the area since Monday, when
    police shot dead Mr Bennett, 29, a psychiatric patient
    who had been brandishing a chromium-plated cigarette
    lighter in the shape of a pistol. The following day 300
    people attended an angry meeting at Lambeth town hall of
    the local police-community consultative group, where
    there were calls for a "hot summer".

    On Friday afternoon 120 people demonstrated peacefully
    outside Brixton police station before marching to the
    scene of the shooting on the Angel Estate. The protest
    was meant to end there but, according to community
    sources, the organisers decided to march back into the
    centre of Brixton. They were followed by several dozen
    youths who began smashing shop windows and seizing goods.

    Yesterday morning shopkeepers were sweeping up the
    damage. "I don't know why we were picked on,"
    said one of the women sifting through smashed display
    cabinets at Claire's Accessories.

    Apart from major disturbances in 1981 and 1995, Brixton
    has experienced vandalism and looting on a number of
    other occasions following confrontations between the
    police and public. "We have managed to lure
    investment and raise start-up funds, and house prices in
    the area were rising," said a community leader who
    did not want to be named. "But events like this do
    not help."

  • #2
    It doesn't surprise me in the slightest. Brixton has long been a hotbed of hatred towards the Police and the slightest incident can spark off a riot. I've been there on two occasions myself.

    Take Care All!
    "We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence upon those who would do us harm" - George Orwell

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    • #3
      I agree completely. I lived in Brixton for about a year, and was a firsthand witness to the riots and civil unrest in the area. IMO Brixton, and Ladbroke Grove ( I lived there, too ) are amongst the worst places to live in London.

      [ 07-25-2001: Message edited by: blondie72 ]
      [email protected] "Where there is love, there is no imposition"- Albert Einstien.

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      • #4
        I am glad you are here Blondie, These people will find when you embrace the criminals instead of the cops, the results will not be pretty.

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