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War cabinet for football hooliganism.

A SPECIAL "war cabinet" was set up in the 1980s to tackle rural violence and football hooliganism.

Home Secretary Douglas Hurd created the unit amid alarm at a rise in "drunken mob violence" in the "shires".

In a June 1988 memo, Mr Hurd noted there were 83,000 violent offences in county and rural areas the previous year.

He wrote: "There is nothing new in market town disorders. But I am concerned that the problem is getting worse."

A police report on rural disorder found 90% of incidents involved alcohol.

Mr Hurd wrote: "I see similarities between the rural rioter and the football hooligan.

"Many of the 16 to 25-year-olds involved have a latent capacity for violence. Drink pushes them over the edge."

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Date:Feb 19, 2016
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