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Sporadic Stoning Incidents In Liverpool

October 2, 1985

LONDON (AP) _ Gangs of youths threw stones at policemen and set several small fires Wednesday night in Liverpool, but authorities said both the northwestern port city and London were generally quiet.

Violence was reported Tuesday night in racially mixed sections of both cities.

Police Inspector Alex McKie said the incidents in Liverpool’s Toxteth district were much milder than Tuesday night, when 300 youths stoned a police station and set fire to cars and stores. Eighteen people were injured Tuesday night, including four policemen, and 13 people were arrested.

Police reported quiet Wednesday in London’s Peckham area, where 200 youths threw gasoline bombs Tuesday night, set stores ablaze, damaged a bus and fire engine and clashed with police. Five people were arrested.

Rioting was reported in the neighboring Brixton district over the weekend and mobs roamed the streets Sept. 9-10 in the Handsworth area of Birmingham. The outburst of inner city violence over the past month is the most serious since 1981 riots in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol.

McKie said youths in Toxteth stoned several police officers Wednesday afternoon and evening. He would not give the number of officers involved, but said there were no arrests.

In another incident, youths jostled two officers on foot patrol. One policeman was punched in the face when the officers tried unsuccessfully to arrest one of the youths.

The officer was treated and released from a hospital, McKie said.

Several small fires were set in a derelict apartment house and firemen who went to the scene were pelted with bricks and bottles, he said.

The domestic news agency, Press Association, said 20 youths threw chunks of masonry at four officers supervising the demolition of a building burned out during Tuesday night’s violence in the Liverpool neighborhood, and the policemen withdrew.

The weekend riots in Brixton, the London district adjoining Peckham, started after police shot a woman during a raid on her home, in which they were seeking to arrest her son.

The woman, Cherry Groce, 38, is paralyzed from the waist down and bullet fragments are lodged close to her spine, a spokesman for St. Thomas’ Hospital said Wednesday. The spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said doctors did not know whether the paralysis would be permanent.

Mrs. Groce was reported in stable condition.

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