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Brighton (Disturbances)

Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Sussex concerning the disruption caused in Brighton on Monday 5 May by an influx of mods and rockers; how many police were on duty; how many were injured; and how many arrests were made for disorderly conduct, assault and theft.

The chief constable tells me that 350 police officers largely succeeded in frustrating the attempts of some 2,000 youths to cause disturbance Three police officers received minor injuries. A total of 81 people—of whom 16 were juveniles—were arrested for various offences, including 27 for disorderly conduct, seven for assault and 16 for theft.