Hooligans in History

From Garotters to Peaky Blinders: is youth ‘not what it used to be’?

‘Cave Tomkins’ arms himself against garotters.
‘Cave Tomkins’ arms himself against garotters.

People are bound to ask what is happening to our country. Having been one of the most law-abiding countries in the world a byword for stability, order and decency - are we changing into something else? Daily Express, July 6th, 1981.

We need to consider why the peaceful people of England are changing … Over the 200 years up to 1945, Britain became so settled in internal peace. Daily Telegraph, March 11th, 1982.

The fear of the mob that has now returned after a century or more to haunt the cities of this land. Daily Mail, July 7th, 1981.

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