Riots – why was Sheffield calm?

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HOME Secretary Theresa May has attacked an investigation into last summer’s riots for failing to consider why there were no disturbances in cities like Sheffield.

The politician responded to a study by the LSE university and The Guardian newspaper which claimed there was a link between riots and cuts.

Mrs May said the study, which included interviews with rioters, was ‘limited’ – and that the lawlessness was about money and ‘instant gratification’.

Mrs May said researchers failed to interview victims and few interviewees were from outside London. She said: “There were no riots in Sheffield, Glasgow, Newcastle and other cities.

“Why did disturbances not happen there? It’s important to highlight limitations of such a study.”