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In England, unemployed shipyard workers loot bakeries and food shops on south-east London's riverside.

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Distressed shipyard workers in Greenwich and Deptford on the Thames in east London, unemployed due to the sharp downturn in the manufacturing economy, took to the streets when a scheduled distribution of tickets for a bread ration ran short.  In cold and wet weather, angry workers attacked and looted several baker shops in Deptford and Greenwich high streets.  There was little violence other than broken windows and the disturbances were not repeated.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Chronicle of Remarkable Occurences in 1867", The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1867 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1868), 12-13.