The riots of 1985 was really terrible to witness, a community broken and brought to its knees. As usual, the media were intent on pushing a particular view to the public. Having been around Handsworth for a long time, it was important to show what was happening at a grassroots level. The rioters had overturned the car, opened the petrol tank and set it alight. They followed a similar pattern by setting up cars like upturned dominoes to prevent the police from gaining an advantage.