This week 60 years ago: Magistrate clamps down on racial disorder

The Islington Gazette on September 12, 1988.

The Islington Gazette on September 12, 1988. - Credit: Archant

A Clerkenwell magistrate warned every effort would be made to stop racial disorders spreading to other parts of London.

His comments came as he remanded in custody a printer’s assistant from Holloway who had pleaded guilty to a charge a flick knife, without lawful excuse.

Hagland also pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening behaviour – which he denied – to a 16-year-old van boy.

Pc Peter Knode said a gang of 30 to 40 youths come out of a dance hall at the Boston pub and made their way down Fortess Road.

The juvenile was arrested at the scene after he reportedly made racist remarks.


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The boy said after his arrest: “I came with the boys because they said there was going to be some trouble.”

n Clerkenwell Parochial, in Finsbury, was awarded the Patricia Challenge Cup for having the school garden with the best educational value.

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