Rampaging black youths have been widely blamed by West Indian community leaders in Britain for causing the trouble which led to a violent end for this year's Caribbean carnival in London.
GV TILT DOWN FORM: West Indian carnival banners TO mass of dancers in street-London, U.K. (natural sound)
LV: policeman watching from bridge.
GV ZOOM IN: policeman dancing with carnival-goers.
GVs: carnival procession through street with steel bands playing and dancers parading in gaudy costumes. (3 shots)
GV: massed crowds at trouble-spot.
GV: crowds running from trouble. (2 shots) ENGLISH NARRATION OVER NATURAL TO END)
GV: Carnival stewards with clubs trying to quell disturbance.
LV; white couple being stoned by crowd while attempting to escape across railway line.
CU: man with blood on face.
SVs: crowds surging forward and police vans arriving. (3 shots)
GVs: police chasing and struggling with rioters, medical attendant carrying away injured person.
GV; lines of police vans and MV police in force among crowd. (2 shots)
GVs: crowds running and police struggling with rioters. (4 shots)
CU: injured policeman carried away by colle and GV police dispersing crowd. (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "At this stage the violence, mostly robbery and mugging, was confined to one short stretch of Portobello Road, mainly beneath the motor way and underground bridges. Carnival stewards moved in to try and control the violence and some became victims of it. Some people has missiles thrown at them while trying to escape by climbing up to the tube line. At this stage about 25 people were hurt. Then, for the first time, police moved in, let by the special patrol group. As the evening continued there were more incidents and more injuries. Carnival organisers appealed for people to leave the area immediately. Police stood by in side-roads as senior officers reviewed the situation. Just over an hour later the rampaging teenagers had re-grouped, and sent some of their numbers around the back to put the police under attack on two sides. There was little the stewards could do to help as bottles and stones rained down on the policeman. Only then did they take a more aggressive approach. The riot shields came out -- and the truncheons. The police charge stopped too many of the youths gathering together. From here on there were spasmodic attacks on police lines, as the rioting spread further afield down. Ladbroke Road which had seen such a peaceful carnival parade earlier in the day."
REPORTER: DAVID TYNDALL
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Background: Rampaging black youths have been widely blamed by West Indian community leaders in Britain for causing the trouble which led to a violent end for this year's Caribbean carnival in London. Last year's carnival, said to be the biggest of it's kind outside the West Indies, also ended in street fighting -- but then, police were blamed by black leaders for being provocative by their presence in large numbers.
SYNOPSIS: This year, police stayed at a discreet distance for the most part -- and those that did mingle with the crowd joined in the street dancing.
This was Sunday -- the final day of the massive two-day event -- which started off peacefully after some disturbances the previous night. But even with more than 100 crimes recorded overnight, mostly burglaries and violent robbery, police thought the figures relatively low for an event attended by a quarter of a million people. But as Sunday wore into evening, the carnival was to end in savage street fighting, stabbings, at least 16 police and more than fifty civilians injured, and hundreds of arrests.
And this is where it started, with carnival gaity turned into mob savagery by crowds of rampaging youths. A report form the scene.