The gentrification of Brixton four years on from the 1981 riots

Forty years ago, against a backdrop of recession, socio-economic plight and race-related tension, rioting broke out in Brixton.

Across three days rioters – angered by the use of controversial police stop-and-search powers which they claimed had been used to unfairly target black youths – battled against thousands of Met officers as buildings burned around them.

In scenes that would shock the nation, rioting on south London’s streets in April 1981 would see nearly 150 buildings damaged and local business and home owners left to sweep up in the aftermath of the violent clashes.