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Civil Disturbance, Toxteth

Volume 22: debated on Friday 30 April 1982

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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 Liverpool on the scale of the incidents which took place in Toxteth, Liverpool, on the evening of Saturday 24 April; and if he will make a statement.

At 4.15 pm on Saturday, 24 April two officers patrolling on foot in the Toxteth area were attacked by a group of 25 to 30 youths for no discernible reason. The officers' injuries were sufficiently serious for them to be detained overnight in hospital, although we are glad to learn that they have now been discharged.During the evening there were reports of gangs of youths engaged in stoning vehicles or committing acts of vandalism. In each case the police responded and the gangs broke up when officers arrived on the scene.