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The World : Youths Riot in England

September 14, 1986

Police in riot gear fought running battles in Bristol, England, with youths hurling gasoline bombs and rocks in the second straight night of violence triggered by a crime-busting campaign in one of the city's poorest areas, authorities said. They said about 100 youths went on a rampage in the St. Paul's district of Bristol, 100 miles west of London, setting seven cars ablaze, hurling gasoline bombs, stones and bricks before fleeing. Two officers were reported injured, and two people were arrested. Violence erupted after police launched a surprise series of raids on 12 locations in a crackdown aimed at curbing drug dealing, illegal gambling and violent crime in the area.

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