But time has moved on and so have the people of London. Concerted effort by the police and the public has built some strong bridges of trust and, 25years on, it's not such a bad place to be. Certainly, I don't feel nervous visiting the area any more.
But Brixton still has issues that need addressing. Knife crime is a real problem among younger people in the borough and Lambeth has been the site of too many tragedies in recent years. It would be nice to think that if I returned in another 25 years, there would be no more need for knife amnesties. If the good work that's been done continues, I'm very optimistic.