Shot in the back: Lee's story

This is Lee’s story of getting justice for his mother - Cherry Groce - who was shot in front of him by the police on 28th September 1985 when they raided his family home. She was shot through the spine and paralysed and the incident led to several days of rioting in Brixton. Lee was 11 at the time. Cherry died 26 years later from complications related to the injuries she sustained that night. This began Lee's search for justice for his Mum and their family. 29 years after the shooting, an inquest was finally held, but how would Lee ever come to terms with this traumatic incident at such a formative time in his life...

This programme does contain a short description of violence.

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Music credits:

Main theme:

Title: Nancy

Author: Grimo (


License: CC By 4.0 (

Incidental music:

Title: Light Thought

Author: Kevin MacLeod


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