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Who is to blame for increasingly violent London gangs?

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Uploaded on Jul 22, 2008

London Gangs - UK, 2008. A look at the increasingly young people involved in gang crime across London, and the reasons behind that development.

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Over 190 different gangs are engaged in battles across London's poorest areas. And the gang members are getting increasingly younger. Why is a highly developed country losing control of its youth?

"They stabbed me here, here, and here", says Patrick, showing off the scars he got whilst trying to help a friend in Peckham. Growing up in a gangland rap culture and blaming a lack of development and employment opportunities, London youngsters are turning to a life of violence and drugs. "They just pull you in. It is very seductive", explains former gang member Shaun. Mayor Ken Livingstone has granted over £1million for youth projects to help inspire teenagers but the money is taking a long time to filter through. In the meantime, scared parents keep their children locked inside and the police struggle to limit access to weapons and fight the ever-growing teenage body count.

Produced by ORF. Ref - 3891

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