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Far right thugs warn: ‘A n****r is going to get it’

CHILLING: A group of men are seen charging through the streets of Enfield, north London

RIOT POLICE had to come out in force in Eltham last night after a community gathering was hijacked by racist thugs.

Hundreds of men were chanting and running amok in the south London town and were kettled by police officers to prevent them from marching to Lewisham at around 8pm.

A report from south London newspaper, the News Shopper, recorded that as the crowd was pushed back against a wall, one man was overheard on his phone saying: “It’s going to kick off. A n****r is going to get it tonight.”

Clive Efford MP said police in the area were warning black residents to avoid the high street as they could not guarantee their safety.

The Labour politician told The Voice he had to drive one of his constituents home to reduce the risk of any attack.

Efford said: “I cannot stress this enough. The members of my constituency who were out there only wanted to deter anyone wearing a balaclava hoping to do some opportunistic looting as police were deployed elsewhere. I have nothing but admiration for them.

COMMENTS: Clive Efford MP

The MP also spoke of his fears that the riots were being hijacked by the far right English Defence League (EDL), he said: “Unfortunately, members of the EDL came to Eltham to cause trouble and exploit this situation against the backdrop of all the other things that are happening.

“Because of them, police were prevented from doing work elsewhere to come here. I am furious about that at a time when police resources are already thin.”

Up to 16,000 police officers were on London’s streets last night following evenings of rioting and looting by mobs of all ethnicities and ages in Manchester, Nottingham, Wolverhampton and Gloucester.

The MP added: “I had to drive one of my constituents, a black man, who has lived in Eltham peacefully for years to the other end of the high street.”

News Shopper reporter, Michael Purton, who was at the scene, corroborated Efford’s report stating it was a small minority involved in racist chanting.

KILLED: Stephen Lawrence

Mottingham resident Neave Murphy, 32, who lives nearby said: “In Southall and in north London, Sikh and Turkish communities defended their property quietly. What was happening in Eltham was nothing like that. They were shouting ‘England, England’ and referring to black people as animals.

“No one has forgotten this is where Stephen Lawrence was killed. His mother must be horrified by what is happening. This is an explosive situation.

“Parents are afraid their innocent children could be attacked if they are walking alone. The EDL planned to march to Lewisham. They are looking for a fight, and if they continue to do this there could be war on our streets.”

Ms Murphy added that while “every” black youth was being stopped-and-searched in parts of south London, police appeared slow in their response to clamp down on the EDL.

Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racist attack in 1993. Two men charged with the killing are expected to stand trial in November.

The situation in Eltham was an echo of similar scenes in Enfield. Blackberry message broadcasts inciting racial hatred were also being sent around Liverpool, according to some reports.

Efford said that once law and order had been established, he would be pushing for a discussion to stop public spending cuts.

He was particularly concerned about budget slash to police Safer Neighbourhood Teams which he said had been instrumental in building the relationship with communities and the police.

“We all talk about it but now is the time for us to use the money to reinvest in old fashioned youth work within the community to bring back guidance from adults beyond the family.

“We have to put those measures on place to steer those young people away from the criminal behaviour we are seeing,” he added.

A police source said: “The MPS will always look to work with organisers of demonstrations and the local community in order to ensure that an appropriate policing plan is in place. However, we will not tolerate any group who wish to use recent events to divide communities.”

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