UK riots

Oliver Letwin apologises over remarks about black community made in 1980s

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2015

Cabinet member Oliver Letwin has apologised “unreservedly” for comments he made about black people in a memo after the 1985 Broadwater Farm riot.


Charedim in court over London riot looted computers

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

Two Charedi men have admitted buying computers from looters on the first night of the London riots.

Joseph Landau and Heskel Brauer, both 24 and members of Stamford Hill's strictly Orthodox community, were seen separately buying them on August 6 as violence erupted.

A woman saw them with the computers at Tottenham Hale Retail Park and took their car registration numbers.

At Wood Green Cro


London riots prompt Alyth question time

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

Alyth Synagogue members heard a black community perspective on the London riots during a panel debate at the Golders Green Reform congregation.

Levi Hall from Brixton Black Families Forum observed that "when young people have no faith in themselves, they turn against their own community.


Religion's role in the rioting

By Daniel Finkelstein, September 2, 2011

'Why didn't they steal ping pong tables, then?" was the response of the journalist Tony Parsons to the idea that the London riots had been caused by cuts to youth services.


Theatre can heal our wound

By James Inverne, August 31, 2011

Growing up in Bournemouth, it was almost holy writ: "when thou art seven or eight, thou shalt join the shul's drama society and there thou shalt remain, yea, even unto thy barmitzvah year." It certainly was compulsory in my house, as my father ran the society.


Family is the right answer

By Venetia Thompson, August 19, 2011

Was acting Metropolitan police commissioner Tim Godwin joking when he appealed to parents to "start contacting their children and asking where they are" during last week's riots? You can imagine the phone calls - or rather text message conversations - assuming they even have their kids' latest numbers and they bother checking one of their three phones:

"Where r u?"




Smug? No, honest and proud

By Michael Freedland, August 19, 2011

I cannot be sure, but I think I might have met one of the rioters.

It was a couple of months ago and, that day, I felt rather like rioting myself. I had just been confronted by a young, black girl with a distinct resemblance to a kid in one of the pictures published after the calamities of Tottenham.


A snip at £35,000: the Aaron Biber campaign

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

Last week, all 89-year-old Aaron Biber had in his barber's shop were some treasured 40-year-old razors and combs, piles of newspapers, two vintage barber's chairs and cassette tapes of his favourite wartime songs.

His quiet routine was shattered, first by the violent riots on Tottenham High Street, then by a media frenzy surrounding his battered shop, and then by a barrage of well-wishers, send


Peter Crouch visits Tottenham barber Aaron Biber

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2011

The Jewish barber whose shop was ransacked by rioters last week has cut the hair one of his footballing heroes.

Aaron Biber trimmed Tottenham striker Peter Crouch's hair yesterday and according to the footballer, "did a great job".


Tottenham barber Aaron Biber on the Keep Aaron Cutting appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2011
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Barber Aaron Biber's shop was damaged during the riots in Tottenham. A fundraising appeal has been set up to "Keep Aaron Cutting" and so far more than £25,000 has been raised. Watch to see his reaction to the campaign.