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Anti-German riots in London
Catalogue reference: HO 45/10944/257142/4


Any further communication on the subject of this letter should be addressed to -

THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
OF THE METROPOLIS,
     
New Scotland Yard, S.W.,

And the following No. quoted:-          828001/520.

(stamp)
HOME OFFICE 19 SEP. 1914
New Scotland Yard, S.W.
17th September, 1914.
Sir,
257142/4.      With reference to the Home Office papers, returned herewith, respecting damage caused to bakers' shops owned by Germans at Poplar, I have to acquaint you, for the information of the Secretary of State, that on the outbreak of war much bitterness was shown by British residents towards German shopkeepers in Poplar.
       On the evening of the 31st ultimo, two German bakers in Upper North Street invited trouble by making insulting remarks regarding the British people and troops, with the result that the windows of their shops were broken. This caused a crowd to assemble and a small body of urchins followed by the crowd proceeded to other shops occupied by German Subjects, the windows of which were also broken.
       Sufficient Police having arrived, order was eventually restored, five persons were arrested and subsequently convicted for assaulting and obstructing the Police; two women were also arrested for causing the damage, but these the occupiers of the premises concerned refused to prosecute.
       I have to add that the Police were instructed to afford all possible protection to foreign shop-keepers who might be threatened with similar attacks, but no further disturbances of this kind have arisen in the locality
The Under
Secretary of State,
&c., &c., &c.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
(signature) L. [?.] Henry




 

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HOME OFFICE
REGT DEPT
10 JUL. 1917

ANTI-GERMAN RIOTS CONSEQUENT ON AIR RAID.

J. Hackney
Balls Pond Road, Islington.
Bethnal Green
Dalston.
       15 shops were attacked, mostly owned or occupied by alien enemies, 12 arrests were made and 11 Police Officers were injured, but none seriously. Flour, biscuits, tea and £15 cash was stolen from one shop. The crowds numbered at times about 2000 persons but order was restored in all parts by 11 p.m. 7th July.
       On 8th eight shops were attacked in the same districts and again 12 arrests were made, one Police Officer was slightly injured.
H. Hackney Road and vicinity.
       About midnight 7th July disorderly youths paraded district mentioned, windows of 3 shops were broken; one arrest was made and all was quiet by 3.30 a.m. 8th July. 2 Police Officers were assaulted.
G. Murray Street, Hoxton.
       At 8.30 p.m. 8th July, hostile crowd gathered outside premises of a supposed German tailor. 11 panes of glass were broken but the crowd soon dispersed and no arrests were made.
N. Philip Lane, Tottenham.
       At 10. p.m. 7th July a crowd of about 1500 gathered outside premises of a German alien enemy and a large shop window was broken. 3 arrests were made and the crowd was dispersed.
Y. Highgate Hill, Upper Holloway.
       At 10. p.m. 7th July at Highgate Hill, Upper Holloway, about 3000 persons assembled and broke the windows of 3 shops occupied by alien enemies, 9 persons were arrested for throwing missiles.
Total shops attacked
30
Total arrests
37
Police Officers injured
14.

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