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Demolition work starts on Luton's Purley centre

Demolition of the Purley Centre, Luton Credit: Agency

Demolition work has started on the Purley Centre on Luton's Marsh Farm estate.

The grey concrete 60s shopping centre, which has a multi-storey block of flats above, is being knocked down as part of a £25 million regeneration project for the area.

The Purley centre back in 2008 Credit: Agency

In July 1995 there were two nights of rioting on the estate. 500 people, mainly teenagers, attacked the police with petrol bombs, bottles and bricks. It followed four days of riots in 1992.

The shops that were in the Purley Centre have moved and the site will now be used to build 93 new homes.