19 December 1980
The 'sus' law was to be replaced by a new law of attempt and a new offence of interference with vehicles.
11 July 1969
Colour and Citizenship: A Report on British Race Relations, the first survey of race relations in Britain was published.
21 June 1982
12 Asian men, known as the Bradford 12, were acquitted of charges of making explosive devices with the intent to cause damage to property and persons.
02 April 1980
A police incident in St Paul's, Bristol sparked violent clashes.
04 April 1981
Tensions between the local community and the police in Brixton escalated to riots.
30 August 1986
Independent Inquiry presented serious indictment of policing before, during and after the Tottenham riot.
03 July 1981
The Daily Telegraph reported the Metropolitan Police Commissioner saying that the greatest problem for himself and successors would be 'getting along with ethnic minorities' in London.
08 June 1979
George Lindo had been jailed for robbery despite strong alibis, no direct evidence against him and evidence of a false 'confession'. In June 1979, he was cleared by the Court of Appeal.
09 September 1985
Two men died during 48 hours of rioting in the Handsworth district of Birmingham in September 1985.
01 January 2000
The Scrap Sus Campaign told Parliament that the 'sus' law was a major cause of the deteriorating relationship between the black community and the police.
31 October 1981
The Home Secretary announced an inquiry into racist organisations in Britain.
18 January 1981
13 people were killed and 29 injured in a fire that engulfed a house in New Cross, south London.
24 September 1982
Eight youths were arrested when fighting took place between a group of Asian youths and three police officers in plain clothes.
30 August 1976
Riots erupted at the Notting Hill Carnival after tensions developed between the police and black youth attending the festival.
18 March 1986
Jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing at the inquest into the death of John Mikkleson.
15 November 1983
Policy Studies Institute report said that racialism and racial prejudice were pervasive within the Metropolitan Police.
14 April 1978
In April 1978 Runnymede launched the report, 'Sus – A Report on the Vagrancy Act 1824 by Research Officer Clare Demeuth.
25 November 1981
Lord Scarman's inquiry into disorders in Brixton found that they were caused by built-up resentment and tensions resulting from racial disadvantage and discrimination.
23 April 1979
Disturbances in Southall after National Front St George's Day election meeting.
29 September 1985
Following rioting in Handsworth, rioting took place in a number of other areas in September and October 1985.