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In Pictures: Who Killed And Covered Up Blair Peach?

by | 27th, April 2010

WHO killed Blair Peach? He was the special needs teacher who died on April 23 1979 after an altercation with police during an anti-fascist demonstration against the National Front in Southall, London. Scotland Yard released files confirming he died as a result of a blow to the head inflicted by an unnamed officer. He was killed by The Specials.

In all, 14 witnesses said they saw Mr Peach being hit by a police officer. The internal report concluded that officers conspired to cover up the truth. Commander Cass, a former Scotland Yard officer, wrote a report. It was secret.

Not any more:

“Whilst it can reasonably be concluded that a police officer struck the fatal blow, and that that officer came from carrier U.11, I am sure that it will be agreed that the present situation is far from satisfactory and disturbing.

“The attitude and untruthfulness of some of the officers involved is a contributory factor. It is understandable that because of the events of the day officers were confused, or made mistakes, but one would expect better recall of events by trained police officers.

“However, there are cases where the evidence shows that certain officers have clearly not told the truth.”

And what officers were tried for the crime? None. Not one. Their names remain secret. But the good news is that that was then. Now such a self-serving cover up would not happen. Although Ian Tomlinson and his survivors may disagree…

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Archive picture, dated 12/6/79. A mourner keeps vigil by the open coffin as Blair Peach lies in state in the foyer of the Dominion Cinema, Southall, west London.



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