'Mark Duggan wouldn't make my top FOUR MILLION of lives worth marking'

Julia Hartley-Brewer on the anniversary to mark Mark Duggan's death

Julia Hartley-Brewer: strong opinions, forcefully expressed

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

talkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer is well known for expressing her views and she did not pull any punches in today's show when a guest mentioned an upcoming memorial for Mark Duggan, the Tottenham man whose death sparked the 2011 London riots. 

Julia was speaking to Ken Hinds, the chair of Haringey’s Independent Stop and Search Monitoring Group, about the police being on alert for gang violence over the summer, including around events like August's Notting Hill Carnival in London.

Another possible trigger point is the upcoming anniversary of the death of Mark Duggan, with a march planned to commemorate the event on Saturday, August 6. 

Tottenham man Duggan, 29, was shot and killed by police on August 4, 2011, in an event which has been held up as the catalyst for that summer's extensive rioting in England. 

"Why do people want to mark the occasion when a known violent man involved in drug dealing got killed by the police when he had a gun in the car?" Julia asked when Hinds explained that people wanted to mark that occasion. 

"Frankly, I say good riddance to him. One less thug on the streets is a better day for Britain.

"There are many, many lives worth marking in this world. The life of Mark Duggan? It ain’t in my top four million." 

Listen to the interview above