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Scarman Report

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) the recommendations

Police officers injuredCivilians injured*Others injuredBuildings destroyedBuildings damaged
1980
St. Paul's, Bristol211001120
1981
Brixton (April)40949
Brixton (July)40
Southall105
Merseyside (including Toxteth)781
Greater Manchester (including Moss Side)32
1985
Handsworth793781766
Brixton933100114
Toxteth3627003
Tottenham163171116
*As reported to the police
All those recorded in this column were firemen
Information not readily available
║145 premises were damaged, some to destruction, on 11 April

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for reports from each chief constable as to all those incidents in 1985 in which petrol bombs were thrown at the police; and if he will indicate, in each case, the location of that disturbance, the apparent causes of it, the number of petrol bombs thrown, the injuries to police officers and civilians that were sustained, the arrests that were made and the charges that have been preferred.

Petrol bombs were thrown at police officers during the recent disturbances in Birmingham, Brixton, Peckham, Toxteth, Tottenham and Leicester but information relating to numbers, and injuries caused, is not available. Details of arrests and charges, and of other instances in which petrol bombs have been thrown in 1985, are not collated centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what factors and causes he attributes the recent riots in British cities.

Hostility to the police, criminal opportunism and a general alienation from authority in areas with special social problems were among the factors contributing to the recent disorders.

and (b) the suggestions contained in the Scarman report, indicating in each case what action has been taken in response.