Violence in the 1980s
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London riots: Are there any similarities to the 1980s?

Violence has broken out for a third consecutive day in London, with riot police deployed and firefighters tackling blazes across the capital.

Cars were set on fire in Lewisham and a bus and shop were set ablaze in Peckham. A large furniture shop in Croydon is also well alight.

In Hackney, police sealed off an area after police car windows were smashed.

Many of today's pictures have reminded people of what happened in inner cities in UK in the 1980s.

Newsnight's Gavin Esler investigates if there are there really any useful parallels.

  • 08 Aug 2011
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