London papers have recently spoken with indignation [about certain street companies] … They are organized originally for local fights. The boys of Cable Street constitute themselves … into a small regiment; they arm themselves with clubs, iron bars, with leather belts to which buckles belong, with knotted handkerchiefs containing stones — a lethal weapon — with sling and stones, with knives even with revolvers of the ‘toy’ kind and they go forth to fight the lads of Brook Street.
O’Neill, Gilda. The Good Old Days: Poverty, Crime and Terror in Victorian London (p. 32). Endeavour Press. Kindle Edition.