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The battle of King's Norton (August 6th, 1995)
KIng's Norton (WM) locator map
King's Norton.

Location

In and around King's Norton Park, South Birmingham

UK Commander

Chief constable of West Midlands Police, Cheif inspector of South Birmingham Police Division.

Federal commander

Worcester activists Paddy Liam King, Tim Lushington and Sanam Bithia Hussain.

West Midland Police

160 officers (35 in riot gear)

Federal rioters

75-80 rioters

Result

A draw

CausesEdit

The then still largly simbolic declaration of UDI had gon down well with the locals in King's Norton, Longbridge and Northfield. Later in the day some of the parish councilors in Longbridge and Northfield also declaied UDI and had murged there wards in to the Federal Republic.

By that arfter noon, the more than twitchy police and over enthusiastic activists gathered for a protest rally in King's Norton Park. Worcester activists Paddy Liam King, Tim Lushington and Sanam Bithia Hussain accidentally 'saw' the proverbial 'red' and broke the non-violence rule that marked the separatist cause by hitting a BBC journalist. It then became mayhem as the rally turned ugly and the people attending the rally turned on what they though, wrongfully, was a police crackdown. Understandably the police reacted towards what they though was a hostile crowd. The local carpinter and later rebel General, Tammy Ajuwe, tryed to calm the situation down, but to no avail. The situation then rapidly imploded in to unintended and unplanned street battle. As the situation developed an up-market perfume shop was looted, 2 newsagents were burnt down, a car show room was wrecked and 7 rubber bullets had been discharged in to the mob. Neither side accepted their opponent's explanations that it was a societal accident that had led to a riot situation forming in the first place and left feeling they had forcibly averted a desarster on the streets of King's Norton.

The battleEdit

The riotous activity was located in only King's Norton Park, 3 adjacent streets and 6 roadside shops.

  • Camp Lane.
  • Station Road.
  • Sedge avenue.

The 6 hour conflict end after every one had fought themselves to exhaustion and 7 rubber bullets were also fiered during the conflict.

TacticsEdit

It was, as most riots are, heavily dependent on hit and run tactics, street fighting and charging mobs.

The aftermathEdit

The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police was a reluctant participant in the affair and resigned after the war of independence was concluded. The Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police offered him his support on the issue. This was later seen as the unintended (if not unwanted) polito-gennis of the nation of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Also SeeEdit

  1. Mercia- UDI 1995

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