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October 6, 2015

October 6th 1985. The events on Broadwater Farm, in north London changed relations between the black community and the British police forever. PC Keith Blakelock was brutally murdered by a raging mob of some upto forty young men. 250 police officers were injured. It was the most ferocious night of rioting in living memory. But after the riots early in the 1980's, local bobbies tried community policing, and working with community leaders. Their combined efforts started to bring crime down on the estate. The farm recovered enough of its reputation to merit a much heralded visit from Princess Diana in February 1985. Read more

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