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Blair: Thatcher death celebrations in 'poor taste'

Tony Blair said celebrations of Baroness Thatcher's death were in poor taste. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tony Blair said the celebrations of Baroness Thatcher's death were in "poor taste".

Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster, he said: "Even if you disagree with someone very strongly, you can still particularly at the moment of their passing, you should show some respect."

Mr Blair was asked if he worried there would be similar celebrations when he dies.

He replied: "When you decide, you divide. I think she would be pretty philosophical about it and I hope I will be too."

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Video footage from last night's disturbances in Bristol

Watch mobile phone footage of last night's disturbances in the Easton area of Bristol here:

200 people had gathered in Chelsea Road to celebrate the death of Baroness Thatcher.

Bottles and cans were thrown at officers, six of whom suffered injuries. One remains in hospital.

A police vehicle was damaged and one person was arrested for violent disorder.

Jowell: Anti-Thatcher violence 'completely out of order'

The former culture secretary Tessa Jowell, who is MP for the neighbouring constituency of Dulwich, has condemned the anti-Thatcher celebrations in Brixton and elsewhere in the UK as "disrepectful":

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Democracy must always embrace legitimate dissent but the action in Brixton and elsewhere is disrespectful and completely out of order

Read more: Arrests after anti-Thatcher 'celebrations'

Officer still in hospital after Thatcher party violence

One police officer remains in hospital after being injured in disturbances linked to a party to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher in Bristol last night. Chief Inspector Mark Jackson at Avon and Somerset Police said:

We were called to Chelsea Road, Easton at around 12.30am today.

Around 200 people had gathered to have a street party and refused police requests to peacefully disperse. Bottles and cans were thrown at officers, six of whom suffered injuries. One remains in hospital.

A police vehicle was damaged and one person was arrested for violent disorder. Some small bin fires were also started and the fire service also attended.

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Police officers injured after Bristol street party

Six police officers were injured during disturbances in Bristol to mark the death of Baroness Thatcher.

Police were called to Chelsea Road in Easton at 12.30am after reports of a street party with up to 200 people in attendance.

Six officers were injured - one seriously - after they were pelted with bottles and cans. A police vehicle was also damaged.

One person was arrested.

Two arrests after Thatcher celebrations in Brixton

Last night police dealt with a group of approximately 100 people in Brixton who caused low level disorder including throwing missiles at officers.

In order to protect the community and to ensure the highways remained clear extra officers were deployed.

Two women were arrested on suspicion of burglary after being found inside a shop in Brixton.

The shop front had been smashed.

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Extra policing at Brixton Thatcher celebrations

Extra police were sent to Brixton last night as a crowd of about 150 people celebrated Baroness Thatcher's death late into the evening.

Scotland Yard said the group caused "low level" disorder and threw a small number of objects at officers, but there were no arrests and no serious injuries.

This amateur footage was uploaded to YouTube.

The Ritzy Cinema said it had nothing to do with masked people who climbed the front of the building and changed the film listings tiles to read "Margaret Thatchers dead. Equality is the key".

The group dispersed at about 1.45am, police said.

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