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    Reading the Toxteth thread, and seeing the picture of Eddie Murphy, reminded me of the 1970 riots in Grafton Street area. As I remember the council had some sort of quota system going to ensure that new housing schemes had a racial mix, but this was considered discriminatory, so it was abolished, and of course all the families at the top of the housing list were black, so the folks who were already in the new houses got a bit upset.


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    After two days the police turned up to remove the barricades, and Ed Murphy came out and said "Where the (expletive deleted) have you been for the last two days" and promptly got arrested for threatening behaviour.

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    I didn't know about this.
    Living in Lodge Lane during the 70's and 80's I thought I might of heard about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrismarsden View Post
    I didn't know about this.
    Living in Lodge Lane during the 70's and 80's I thought I might of heard about it.
    St Nathanial St around Myrtle Gardens not Grafton ST. 1972. It went on for number of nights. All the new houses with the blacks in had all the windows smashed and the kids locked horns. Then the blacks smashed the windows of the whites.

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    Yes, I saw some of it !

    I was in a house on the Falkner estate when the front window was smashed we had to sit with the lights out until the rabble went away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    Yes, I saw some of it !

    I was in a house on the Falkner estate when the front window was smashed we had to sit with the lights out until the rabble went away.
    It kicked off on the Friday night. On the Saturday morning I went there to commission some new heating systems in the new houses. There was bricks and large objects all over the roads and windows smashed everywhere. The police couldn't handle it the first night and beat it for a while. Whole families were scared stiff and emotions were very high.

    The Liverpool Echo never reported it. Only when the nationals did, the Echo did.
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    If these are the same riots, they were known as "The Berkeley Street Riots" within the Police.

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