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Brixton Riots, 1981 Police gather at the fork of Railton rd and Mayall Rd behind a burnt out police vehicle. Brixton, April 1981
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Brixton Riots 1981 Junction of Railton Road & Coldharbour Lane.
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Brixton Riots 1981 During the riots the Times used the shot of a police officer being taken here by as a header for its articles.
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Scan-101211-0004.jpg The police line on Railton Rd
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Brixton Riots 1981 A burnt out car lies on its side in Railton Rd
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Brixton Riots 1981 An overturned and burnt out police van in Railton Rd. Locals in the house behind look on, apparently quite safe despite the chaos surronding them. This was a characteristic of the rioting in the early stages, locals wandered the area, rioting would often pause to let them pass.
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Brixton Riots 1981 Poorly equipped and ill-prepared police officers look toward the centre of rioting at the far end of Railton Rd.
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Brixton Riots, 1981 Railton Road
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Brixton Riots 1981 Coldhabour Lane; more burnt police vehicles. Again, residents remain in the area watching events unfold.
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Brixton Riots 1981 Coldharbour Lane later in the day as things start to turn really nasty. The police had taken to making snatch raids on suspected ringleaders using vans, which in those days had no riot protection. Sometimes the raids worked, often they didn't. The rioters got to keep this van.
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Brixton Riots 1981 Residents from nearby houses look on as a car burns.
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Brixton Riots 1981 Railton rd, another car burns.
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Brixton Riots 1981 Rioters gather toward the end of a deserted and rock-strewn Railton Rd. To the right, an abandonded police van.
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Brixton Riots 1981 Police look on as another car explodes. Railton Rd
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Brixton Riots 1981 Police and onlookers retreat rapidly as another vehicle is hit with a molotov cocktail and explodes
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Brixton Riots 1981 Local people survey the wreckage in Railton rd. In the early stages of the riot members of the public were surprisingly safe and wandered unhindered in areas the police couldn't get to.
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Brixton Riots 1981 A local man walks across the street in relative safety as police look on.
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Brixton Riots 1981 A rather straggly police line at the intersection of Kellet rd and Talma rd.
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Brixton Riots 1981 Hasty first aid.