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North West: Oldham riots
Lucy Breakwell
The Politics Show North West

Jim Hancock and Gill Dummigan
Jim Hancock presents Politics Show North West with Gill Dummigan

The Politics Show North West marks the fifth anniversary of the riots in Oldham when for three days the town hit the headlines.

Five hundred people were involved in the disorders and the cost of damage was estimated at 1.4m.

David Ritchie's independent report into the disturbances was published in December 2001 and in this weeks programme we discover how much has changed in five years, and whether any of the recommendations have been implemented.

Housing was one of the areas highlighted in the report.

Ritchie said the degree of segregation was intense, but that there were powerful opportunities for change as many houses in both the White and Asian parts of Oldham were reaching the end of their lives.

He said this was an excellent opportunity to create some mixed communities.

Schools mix

The report also looked at education and found that in 17 Oldham primary schools ethnic minority children make up 80% of pupils and in 13 of these it is at least 90%.

In six secondary schools minority ethnic pupils were less than 5% of the population and in two others they were 97% and 77% of the pupil population.

The report recommended that more consideration should be given to the catchment area of schools when they are near the boundary between White and Asian areas to encourage the integration of all groups into schools.

We find out just how much has changed in Oldham since 2001 and how people from both communities feel about living and working in the town.

We are also out on the beat in Glodwick to see how policing has changed since the riots when the Ritchie report said "there can be no dispute that policing and the perception of policing was a contributory factor behind the riots".

The Politics Show

So join Jim Hancock and Gill Dummigan live from Oldham on the Politics Show, Sunday 04 June 2006 at 12.00pm on BBC One.

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