“A night of indiscriminate violence” is how the prosecutor described the fracas on DECEMBER 20th, 1970, that ended in John George, 19, being stabbed to death in a street near the centre of Weston-super-Mare.

Five young men and a girl were on trial at Bristol Assizes after a gang of “skinheads” came to the town looking for a gang of “greasers.” Some of them were still fighting, in the corridor of the Assize court, when they came to trial in May, 1971.

Evidence suggested that Peter Ransom, a 23-year-old dustman, of City Road, Bristol, was the one who stabbed George. He was given life imprisonment. The other five were convicted of lesser offences, including unlawful wounding, possession of offensive weapons, theft of a car, and so on.