I suddenly remembered something tonight. I worked with a London rioter. Finally his first name came to me, Terry. I can't remember his last name now. He was a sweet little thing and we got on well. I knew quite a bit about his present life, except for what should have been glaringly obvious to me. He was gay. I only found out later.
One evening he was telling about when he got caught up in London riots. As the tale went on, it became clear that he was one of the rioters. He was not caught, only because the plod who was pursuing him was fat and could not get over a fence, whereas Terry did and escaped.
I know roughly what year I knew him and I recall the riots were in the south of London. Wikipedia tells me it must have been the Brixton riots.
It was certainly pre the poll tax riots.
Here is a snip from the Wikipedia entry.
On 13 April, Margaret Thatcher dismissed the notion that unemployment and racism lay beneath the Brixton disturbances claiming "Nothing, but nothing, justifies what happened"
Does that sound a bit like PM David Cameron or Mayor Boris Johnston now? And who is now rioting? The children of Maggie's dispossessed?
Then there was the near and dear who got caught up in a riot.