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RIOTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES : 1980 TO 2012

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RIOT No

DATE

RIOT LOCATION

CATEGORY

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF RIOT

YEAR

MONTH

DAY

  -

1979

April

23rd

Southall

RR

 Clashes at National Front Campaign Meeting

1

1980

April

2nd

St Paul's

PI

 Clashes between youths and police

2

1981

April

10th to 12th

Brixton

SE

 Rioting attributed to unemployment and social division

3

1981

July

3rd to 5th

Toxteth

SE

 Rioting attributed to unemployment and social division

4

1981

July

8th to 10th

Moss Side

SE

 Rioting attributed to unemployment and social division

5

1981

July

10th to 11th

Handsworth

SE

 Copycat rioting attributed to unemployment and a weak economy

6

1981

July

11th

Chapeltown

SE

 Rioting attributed to unemployment and social division

7

1981

July

27th to 28th

Toxteth

SE

 Second wave of violence 3 weeks after earlier Toxteth incident

8

1984

April

9th

Creswell

PO

 Violence between striking miners and police

9

1984

April

9th

Babbington

PO

 Violence between striking miners and police

10

1984

May

29th

Orgreave

PO

 Violence between striking miners and police

11

1984

September

6th

Kellingley

PO

 Violence between striking miners and police

12

1984

September

21st

Maltby

PO

 Violence between striking miners and police

13

1985

March

13th

Luton

FB

 Football riot at Luton v Millwall FA Cup tie

14

1985

May

11th

Birmingham

FB

 Football riot at Birmingham City v Leeds United match
15

1985

September

9th to 11th

Handsworth

PI

 Rioting and looting following arrest and police raid

16

1985

September

28th

Brixton

PI

 Rioting following the accidental shooting of a woman by police

17

1985

Sept to Oct

30th to 1st

Peckham

PI

 Rioting potentially influenced by other police interventions

18

1985

October

1st

Toxteth

PI

 Vehicles torched and missiles thrown after arrests by police

19

1985

October

6th

Broadwater Farm

PI

 Policeman killed during rioting following police searches

20

1988

January

9th

Highbury, Islington

FB

 Football riot at Arsenal v Millwall FA Cup tie

21

1989

June

24th

Dewsbury

RR

 Trouble between British National Party demonstrators and Asians

22

1990

March

31st

Trafalgar Square

PO
 Violent clashes between Poll Tax protesters and police

23

1990

April

1st to 25th

Strangeways Prison

PR

 Twenty five days of wide-scale Prison riots

24

1991

Aug to Sept

29th to 1st

Blackbird Leys, Oxford

PI
 Four nights of violence following clampdown on joyriding

25

1991

September

2nd to 6th

Ely

RR
 Clashes after dispute between White and Asian shopkeepers

26

1991

September

2nd

Handsworth

PI
 Unrest and looting of shops

27

1991

September

9th

Meadow Well, Newcastle

PI
 Burning of vehicles and buildings after deaths of two local men

28

1992

May

16th to 19th

Wood End, Coventry

PI
 Trouble flared after police arrested local youths

29

1992

June

14th to 16th

Stockton - on - Tees

PI

 Scores of youths clash with police after arrests

30

1992

July

1st to 6th

Salford

PI
 Six nights of arson and gun attacks on police

31

1992

July

16th to 18th

Hartcliffe, Bristol

PI
 Attacks on police and shops vandalized in three days of violence

32

1992

July

22nd to 26th

Burnley

SE
 Copycat disorder during weak economic conditions

33

1992

July

22nd to 23rd

Huddersfield

PI
 Youths fight with police after a drugs raid on a public house
34

1992

July

23rd to 24th

Blackburn

SE
 Copycat disorder during weak economic conditions
 65*
1993
October
 16th
 Welling
PO
 Violence at Anti-Nazi League march

35

1995

June

10th to 12th

Manningham, Bradford

RR

 Rioting attributed to tension due to racial segregation

36

1995

July

10th

Hyde Park, Leeds

PI

 A hundred and fifty go on rampage after police raids

37

1995

December

13th

Brixton

PI

 Arson at public house and clashes with police

38

1996

June

26th

Trafalgar Square

FB

 Football violence after England defeated by Germany

39

1999

June

18th

City of London

AC

 Police and buildings attacked in ‘Carnival Against Capitalism’

40

2000

May

1st

Central London

AC

 Anti-Capitalist protesters clash with police and vandalize shops

 66*

2001

May

1st

Oxford Circus

AC

 Anti-Capitalist protests

41

2001

May

26th

Oldham

RR

 Clashes between Asians and police after National Front march

42

2001

June

5th

Harehills, Leeds

RR

 Clashes between white, black and Asian youths and police

43

2001

June

25th

Burnley

RR

 Clashes between white and Asian gangs

44

2001

July

8th to 9th

Bradford

RR

 Clashes between white and Asian youths and police

45

2004

June

24th

Boston

FB

 Football violence and rioting

46

2004

September

22nd

Aston, Birmingham

FB

 Football violence at Aston Villa v QPR match

47

2005

October

22nd to 23rd

Handsworth

RR

 Violence between separate Ethnic groups

48

2006

July

1st

Boston

FB

 Football violence and rioting

49

2008

May

14th

Manchester

FB

 Football violence and rioting

50

2009

March

21st

Stoke on Trent

FB

 Football violence and rioting

51
2009
April

1st to 2nd

London

AC

 Protests, clashes with police and vandalism during G20 summit

52
2009
May

24th

Luton
RR
 Muslim extremist opposition to British Armed Forces
53
2009
August

8th

Birmingham
RR
 Violence between right-wing and anti-fascist groups
54
2009
August

25th

London

PO

 Football violence and rioting
 67*

2010

November

2nd to 4th

Moorland Prison, Doncaster
PR
 Prison riots - violent disorder and burning of premises
55

2010

Nov 10th to Dec 9th

London

PO

 Protests, clashes with police and vandalism during G20 summit

56

2010

December

1st

Aston, Birmingham

FB

 Football violence at Aston Villa v Birmingham League Cup tie

57

2011

January

1st

Ford Open Prison

PR

 Prison riot and burning of buildings

 68*

2011

March
26th
Central London
 PO
 Anti-Cuts protests - vandalism and clashes between protesters and police
58

2011

April

21st

Stokes Croft, Bristol

AC

 Vandalism and clashes between protesters and police

59

2011

August

6th to 10th

Tottenham

PI

 Widespread looting and petrol bombing of buildings and vehicles

60

2011

August

7th to 8th

Brixton

SE

 200 youths looted shops and clashed with police

61

2011

August

8th to 9th

Hackney

SE

 250 to 300 people throwing petrol bombs

62

2011

August

9th

Handsworth

SE

 Shop windows smashed and police station torched

63

2011

August

9th

Nottingham

SE

 40 vehicles damaged in 3 hours and police station fire bombed

64

2011

August

9th

Liverpool

SE

 Cars set alight in south Liverpool and general lawlessness

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