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"Tension on the streets last night was palpable"
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Commission for Racial Equality, Mohammed Amran
"We were not expecting this kind of trouble to occur in Bradford"
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Tuesday, 17 April, 2001, 06:05 GMT 07:05 UK
All quiet after Bradford riots
Scene of Bradford riot
At least eight people were injured in the riots
The streets of Bradford remained quiet overnight after extra police were brought in to prevent a repetition of Sunday's violence.

A 100-strong mob petrol bombed a pub, torched cars and smashed windows during the riot in Bradford, west Yorkshire on Sunday.

Hundreds of police officers were drafted into the suburb of Lidget Green from across West Yorkshire in an effort to stop a second night of rioting.

Three men, aged 19, 32 and 42, who were arrested during the disturbances have been released on police bail.

Trouble flared outside the Coach House pub, in Legrams Lane, at 2030BST on Easter Sunday, as a Hindu wedding got under way.

The Second West pub, Bradford
Frightened people sought refuge in a pub's upstairs

At least eight people were injured by flying glass and stones, with two people kept in hospital overnight with facial fractures.

Police said they were unsure whether racial tensions were to blame for the disturbances, adding they believed the trouble involved racially mixed groups.

Senior police officers met with community leaders on Monday to discuss the disturbances.

Superintendent Mark Whyman said: "We don't have a clear picture of a race element here."

But Mohammed Amran, of the Commission for Racial Equality, said the incident that started at the pub was between a group of Asian youths and a group of white youths.

"Then it spilt onto the streets where Asian takeaways were attacked by white youths and bricked and bottled," he said.

Pubs damaged

The disturbances were spread over a large area and involved various groups, according to police.

The Coach House was badly damaged with windows broken and reports of a fire on the premises.

We were just clinging together like sardines. We were so frightened

William Hand

At least eight vehicles were set on fire and destroyed in the pub car park.

Police in riot gear were called in as shop windows were broken and a chemist damaged as the violence spread through the district.

Staff at a second pub, The Second West, took refuge in an upstairs room as youths hurled bricks and petrol bombs, badly damaging the building.

Terry Lawrence, its landlord, told the BBC: "The women and children upstairs were screaming and crying."

80-year-old hit

He said one man had suffered a heart attack and an 80-year-old woman had been hit in the head by a flying brick.
Landlord Terry Lawrence
Landlord Terry Lawrence said it was a frightening experience

William Hand, a drinker in the pub at the time, said he was among 60 people who sought refuge upstairs.

He said up to 60 Asians banged on the windows of The Old Fellows pub across the road and threw petrol bombs through the windows of the Second West.

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward to help their enquiries.

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