1987 Chapeltown riot

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The Chapeltown riots of 1987 took place in the Leeds district of Chapeltown in West Yorkshire, England. Widespread rioting in Chapeltown also occurred in 1975 and 1981. During the 1981 riots, rioting took place not only in Chapeltown, but also in London, Birmingham and Liverpool.[1]


The riots of 1987 began Sunday, 21 June, when a black teenager, 17 year old Marcus Skellington, was arrested and beaten by police.[2][3] It is estimated that 70 teenagers participated in smashing shop windows, looting and attacking police officers 22 and 21 June. On 23 June, shops, cars, and windows were burned, bombed and stoned, including a sex shop which was completely burnt down.[3][4] The burning of the sex shop was particularly significant for two reasons. First, it was not widely supported or wanted by the local community and had been protested prior to the riots. Second, it was believed that the police carried out surveillance of the Hayfield Pub car park for marijuana dealing from above the sex shop, despite the sex shop operating illegally at times.[3]

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  1. ^ "Chapeltown - the story of a troubled Leeds suburb". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Watch Chapeltown: One Year On". BFI Player. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Chapeltown, Leeds, UK : June 1987 - Documentary about riots after the arrest of Marcus Skellington". 13 October 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  4. ^ News From Everywhere. News From Everywhere Chronology. p. 17.

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