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Sunday, 8 July, 2001, 05:10 GMT 06:10 UK
Summer of racial violence
The overnight riots in Bradford are the latest example of towns in northern England where racial tension has spilled over into violence.
In Burnley, Lancashire, a weekend of violence in June climaxed with more than 200 youths attacking shops, homes and vehicles.
Police in riot gear managed to head off direct confrontation between gangs of Asian and white youths but admitted they were taken by surprise at the scale of the violence.
The riots were an escalation of minor disturbances the previous night which were apparently sparked by white youths attacking an Asian taxi driver.
After the violence, police said they would work with members of the community and community leaders to prevent similar events happening again.
In May, violence erupted in the nearby town of Oldham.
Hundreds of Asian youths clashed with police during a night of rioting, which the police described as "sheer carnage".
Fifteen officers were injured and 17 people arrested after weeks of racial tension between white and Asian youths spilt over into violence.
The riots were believed to have begun after a gang of white youths attacked Asian homes in the Glodwick area of the town.
Youth worker Ashid Ali, chairman of the Oldham Bangladeshi Youth Association, said far-right organisations had been trying to provoke violence for weeks.
The Greater Manchester town has significant Pakistani and Bangladeshi populations, living in similar but separate run down inner-city enclaves.
Last year more than 600 racist incidents were logged by Oldham police and in 60% of them the victims were white.
But police denied that Asian youths were turning parts of the town into "no-go zones" for whites.
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