MY BRITISH ARCHIVE, THE WAY WE WERE 1968-1983
TOXTETH RIOTS POLICE RIOT SHIELD PETROL BOMBS ENGLAND UK
Toxteth, Liverpool. 1981
A petrol bomb explodes as police charge rioters. Toxteth was an inner-city neighbourhood of Liverpool, also known as Liverpool 8. The Toxteth riots were the result of a long standing tensions between the police and the black community. The Merseyside police being frequently accused of discriminatory and racist attitudes including the misuse of the hated 'sus' laws, which allowed police to stop and search anyone deemed suspicious.