St. George Unofficial Bank Holiday

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Previously on April 11

1990: Customs seize 'supergun'
Customs officers in Middlesbrough say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.

Exports of parts for a weapon to Iraq would contravene British restrictions on arms sales to President Saddam Hussein's state.

Eight pipes were found in crates during a search of the ship at the Teesport Docks.

The length of the barrel is said to measure 40 metres (130 feet) when assembled.

This would make it by far the largest gun in the world with a range of approximately 600 miles (965 kilometres).
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1981: Brixton ablaze after riot
The arrest of a black man has led to hundreds of youths rampaging through the streets of Brixton in south London.

They hurled petrol bombs at police, burnt cars and looted shops in an outbreak of violence which started in the early evening.

A school and two pubs have been set alight and firefighters have been unable to reach some other fires due to the threat of attacks.

More than 50 police officers have been injured and at least 20 people have been arrested.

The rioting broke out in the area of Railton Road and Atlantic Road in central Brixton, where police and black youths had already clashed on Friday night.
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You can crush us
You can bruise us
But you'll have to answer to
Oh, the guns of Brixton
Paul Simonon
Leave fur where it belongs