17th April 2015 – Sixteen years ago David Copeland set out to spark a race war by planting a series of nail bombs attacks across London to stir up fear and hatred in the hope that his actions would lead to the election of the BNP.
Over the course of two weeks in April 1999 he planted a series of three nail bombs targeting the black community of Brixton (17th April), the Asian community of Brick Lane (24th April) and the gay community of Soho (30th April).
Luckily he was caught and his plan failed but not before he had killed three people and devastated the lives of many more.
On Friday 17th April 2014, Mark Healey Lambeth’s Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator along with members of 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign and local residents will gather at the side of the Iceland Store (Brixton), to mark the 16th anniversary of the Brixton Nail Bomb.
Three candles will be lit to symbolically represent the three communities that were attacked and the three people who died, whilst the group will take time to talk to passers-by about what happened and observe a minutes silence at 6.30pm.
Last year Mark said “It is just as important this year as it is every year that we take a moment to mark the anniversaries of these horrific events. To remember the victims of these attacks, those who lost their lives or who had their lives changed forever by David Copeland’s acts of hatred. Although these kind of attacks are extremely rare we need to ensure that our communities continue to work closely together and remain vigilant against all forms of hatred, to ensure that those affected by hate crime have our on-going support and that we do everything we can to challenge Racism and Homophobia to ensure that Lambeth remains a safe place for all, no place for hate.”
The Brixton Remembers 17-24-30 gathering will take place at 6pm next to the Iceland Store, Electric Avenue on Friday 17th April.
A similar gathering will take place in Brick Lane on Friday 24th April to mark the 16th anniversary of the Brick Lane nail bomb and the final act of remembrance will take place on Thursday 30th April with a service at 6pm in St Anne’s Gardens, Soho.
For more information please contact:
Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator
Tel: 020 7926 2796
Email: Mhealey1 (at) lambeth.gov.uk