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In October 1979, the Guardian came out in support of a public inquiry into the events at Southall:
“Public confidence is bound to have been shaken by Southall. The eye witnesses who saw the police using their truncheons had their stories splashed across the front pages of even the most conservative newspapers … The four witnesses who the Anti Nazi League say saw Mr Peach beaten by the police should be allowed to give their evidence and be cross examined by a judicial inquiry. Let Mr Whitelaw wait, if he wants, until the inquest is over: but a public inquiry is what is needed”
No such inquiry was ever ordered.