The area that R's sister L and her husband D live in is a small private estate that was originally surrounded by government housing. It was a rough area, known as Benwell.
I have done some research on the net and come up with very little. But in 1991?, there were the Benwell riots in Newcastle. In their private house in a nice area, surrounded by a not so nice area, people rampaged through their street, smashing cars, street furniture, front windows. Riot police formed a barrier at one end of the street and repelled a further invasion. The rioters came in the other end and attacked the police. D was at work and L and whoever was with her cowered at the back of the house.
Seeing the area for myself, it is hard to believe that such a thing could happen. It is just a suburban street full of houses and people going about their business and friendly neighbourliness.
In the aftermath, council properties were sold for 50p, with provisos to improve. With a price for a house now around $200,000 plus, many made an absolute killing.
It was said that the riots in Newcastle started at North Shields? and for whatever reason, ended up in Benwell.
The cause so far as I can work out was a reaction against the deaths of youths joyriding and being pursued by police.
If anyone can add some more information, I would be most appreciative.