After becoming detached from Serial 502 Keith Blakelock was kicked and hacked to death by a mob using clubs, iron bars and machete-like weapons. His killers have never been brought to justice.'A rounded, mature assessment of the murder of Keith Blakelock, the events that led to the deployment of his serial during the disorder and the messy, and in many respects still unresolved aftermath'Professor Clive Emsley (from the Foreword). Published to mark the 30th anniversary of one of the most disturbing events in British policing, this masterly account by ex-Metropolitan Police commander Tony Moore is based on unrivalled research and sources. It describes rioting on the Broadwater Farm Estate, Tottenham in 1985 against a backdrop of unrest in major UK cities and a nadir in relations between police and black communities. Based on new materials, private communications and matchless sources. A closely observed account by someone working at senior level in the Met at the time. Deals with the biggest breakdown in community relations and law and order in modern English social and policing history.Looks at both sides of the story of unrest at this symbolic location, its history, background, influences, causes, legacy and who was most to blame.
Tony Moore was a Divisional Commander in the Met Police. Involved in many high profile policing events, he is the author of the acclaimed Policing Notting Hill: Fifty Years of Turbulence (Waterside Press, 2013).
About the Author. Acknowledgements. Dedication. Foreword. About the author of the Foreword. Map.1. Introduction. 2. The Broadwater Farm Estate. 3. Relationship between Haringey Council and the Metropolitan Police. 4. Policing the Estate from 1973 to mid-1984. 5. Policing the Estate from mid-1984 to October 1985. 6. The Death of Cynthia Jarrett and Build Up to the Riot. 7. The Riot. 8. The Killing of Constable Keith Blakelock. 9. Analysis of the Response to the Riot. 10. The First Murder Investigation. 11. Appeals, Acquittals and Further Investigations. 12. Morale and Psychological Stress. 13. Where Does the Blame Lie?. Index.