"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

April 01, 2013

BRIXTON - 1981

Photo: Metropolitan Police

In April 1981, the streets of Brixton erupted in flames.

The disturbance started after police attempted to assist a stabbing victim. Rumors spread that officers were arresting the stabbing victim rather than helping him.

According to the Metropolitan Police:

"299 police were injured, and at least 65 civilians. 61 private vehicles and 56 police vehicles were damaged or destroyed. 28 premises were burned and another 117 damaged and looted. 82 arrests were made."

Photo: Collection of Kevin McDermott, retired London firefighter