STOKE-ON-TRENT, England — Police arrested nearly 50 people, 31 of them whites, in this Midlands town Sunday after another round of racial violence hit inner-city Britain.
A police spokeswoman said the unrest may have been sparked by a rumor that members of the ultra-rightist British National Party planned to march through the city.
"A group of more than 100 Asian men gathered in Waterloo Road in Cobridge and a group of police was sent to deal with the crowd," she said. "Part of the crowd started throwing missiles, including bricks and broken paving slabs."
The spokeswoman said that no one was injured and that no march by the British National Party took place, "but certainly rumor was rife in the Asian community." The violence was "dealt with fairly quickly and the crowd dispersed within 20 minutes or so," she said.