Gangs

Theresa May and Front Line Police; An Irreparable Breakdown

Chris Hobbs | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

The revelation by the Police Federation that the morale of rank and file officers was at its lowest ever level will as no surprise to those struggling to maintain an effective police service in urban and rural areas throughout the UK.

Why the Judicial Hysteria That Followed the 2011 Riots Is Largely the Fault of Politicians

Michael Bond | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Michael Bond

In this case, it seems the judiciary went too far. It is surely questionable to factor into sentencing a febrile public mood, particularly when it is stoked by politicians and commentators peddling emotive and unscientific ideas about human behaviour.

Is Society Beyond Reparable? Or Is It Just a Myth

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

Gang violence, street vandalism and judgemental teenagers. What's next? The list is endless, trust me. As a teen, I have witnessed bullying, self-harm and drug abuse from just people around me. Today's society is falling apart and our generation must get into gear before it is too late.

How to Leave a Gang: Richard Cabral on His Upbringing on the Streets of Los Angeles

Kay Smythe | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kay Smythe

'I learned that all the gang bulls**t amounted to nothing because all of us fighting for land in the street just ended up in the same piece of land - prison. Nothing is permanent and all people will face their ending, especially in the life of crime.'

Why We Should Be Grateful to Football: Sport and the Decline of Conflict

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Sport
Steve Taylor PhD

I'm not a big football fan either, but, as a psychologist, I'm aware that the game carries a lot more weight than may be at first apparent. In fact, I believe that the world as a whole has a great deal to thank football for, because of the social and psychological benefits it has brought over the last 100 years or so.

Bruce Lee and the Sewer Gang of Bucharest

Jim Wickens | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

It seems like yesterday that the world woke to the shocking scenes of neglect and cruelty inside Romania's orphanages and care homes. Grainy Images of feces-stained wards, and babies chained to rusty cast-iron beds that seared in our minds. But 25 years on what has happened to Romania's abandoned children, and what fate awaits children from Romania's underfunded care system today?

Almost 1,000 Students Caught With Weapons In Schools, Including Meat Cleavers And Axes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly 1,000 students have been caught with weapons in schools, including axes, stun guns and a meat cleaver, during the past three years, an investig...

Why I'm Desperate to Interview Richard Cabral, the Gang Member Turned Actor

Kay Smythe | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kay Smythe

Nine times out of ten, I don't have any interest in actors or actresses. Their lives seem so surreal and out of touch with the realities of daily life, sometimes to the extent that I wonder if they ever actually had a real life or will they ever be able to.

London Axe Attack Leaves Teen's Hand 'Left Hanging By A Thread'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK

A teenager’s hand was reportedly left “hanging by a thread” after an axe attack in broad daylight on one of Islington’s most prominent streets...

Girls In Gangs Living 'Desperate Lives'

PA | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK

Thousands of girls and young women trapped in gangs are living "desperate lives" where rape is considered normal, a new report has warned. A report...

Why Suits Needs to Be Street: Turning Inner City Youth Into Tomorrow's Business Leaders

Gina Miller | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Gina Miller

I believe that the UK has to end its 'urban tribalism' and encourage rich and poorer, communities and business to co-exist more harmoniously and to support and champion one another. We need to embrace conscious capitalism with businesses taking a more active role in communities through smarter giving of time, skills and mentoring.

'Trail Of Blood' On Notting Hill Street After Stabbing

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK

Eye-witnesses have described a "trail of blood" through the upmarket streets of west London's Notting Hill, after a teenager was stabbed. The teen,...

Being a Man

Nick Clements | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I have to admit every now and again I turn into a crusty old git, who is very worldy-wise, been there, done it, seen it, got the T-shirt. My close friends would probably raise an eyebrow at such a statement and whisper in my ear, 'when are you not like that?' illustrating what good friends they are by doing so.

Education vs Gangs in Rural Honduras

Eleanor Ross | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Eleanor Ross

The afternoon sun is beating down on the mountain town of Copan Ruinas in central Honduras. We are a short drive away from San Pedro Sula, a city with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Gang warfare has divided the city for years, but the violence has steadily increased since the 2009 military coup when the Honduran Army overthrew President Manuel Zelaya.

'Lawful' Shooting of Mark Duggan May Have Further Consequences

Polly Courtney | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Polly Courtney

>Mark Duggan was lawfully shot dead by police on 4 August 2011. The jury reached this verdict on Wednesday at the end of a 4-month inquest, contrary to expectations - at least by Duggan's family. The news prompted fears of another riot...

Let's Talk WITH Young People, Not Just ABOUT Them.

Matt Daw | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Matt Daw

Misrepresenting someone or something is a big thing. It has potentially vast repercussions, a fact recognised by defamation law, and by the huge fees paid to advertising and PR companies by major brands and public figures. But not everyone has the money or expert advice to take these routes to controlling how they are represented by others.

Child Exploitation and Gangs: Our Teenagers Need Support

Matthew Reed | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

The scale of sexual violence experienced by young women and girls, in particular those who have some association with gangs, is shocking. But what is particularly worrying is that many of the professionals tasked with keeping young people safe are repeatedly failing them.

Councils in Denial Over Extent of Child Sexual Exploitation

Andy McCullough | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Politics
Andy McCullough

"If only someone had listened..." is the final report of the Office of the Children's Commissioner's two-year national inquiry into child sexual exploitation by gangs and groups, and presents a compelling case for a "sea change" in the culture of children's services so victims' needs are prioritised...

Government's Relentless Cuts Have Contributed to the Problem of Sexual Violence in Gangs

Polly Courtney | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Courtney

Girls are being sexually exploited on a massive scale, according to a report released this week entitled It's Wrong But You Get Used To It, the result of a two-year investigation into girls and gangs.

'Deep Malaise In Society'

the Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK

A shocking report has lifted the lid on the scale of sexual abuse taking place between children. Researchers found "profoundly distressing" evidenc...

Busting the Gangs

Joe Cottrell-Boyce | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Cottrell-Boyce

Violence and the threat of violence is a grim reality for many of most marginalised young people in Britain and the Evening Standard deserves credit for demanding answers from the government. But are 'gangs' and 'gang culture' really the best way of understanding youth violence?

Crime and Punishment: How to Put an End to International Gangs

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Companies are not the only ones to have discovered the opportunities offered by an increasingly globalised world. Some 3,600 criminal gangs are active in more than one country in the EU and of those 70% boast an international work force and 30% commit more than one type of crime. Worldwide organised crime costs the global economy €670 billion a year. Crime on this scale can only be successfully be countered at an international level.

Gang Shootout Puts Dent in Rio Slum Pacification Programme

Mohamed Soudy | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Mohamed Soudy

The announcement of the World cup and Olympic games in 2014 and 2016 respectively turned the dynamics of the way favelas were neglected by the State. The governor of Rio and mayor shortly announced afterwards that they would be deploying a new tactic called "pacification" to combat crime and liberate the favelas from the control of drug gangs.

My Life as a Young Black Man

Penny Woolcock | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics
Penny Woolcock

What happened when those jobs disappeared? In true entrepreneurial Thatcherite spirit, they were replaced by robbing and drug dealing. Bankers, speculators and hedge fund managers got rich, pharmaceutical companies made a killing out of producing addictive anti-depressants.

Devils in the Details

Patrick Cash | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Cash

In liberal Britain right now it seems the gay marriage law is about to be passed, the country is, in effect, rewriting what it believes to be right. Is there any chance this ethos can spread to those young men who are portrayed in El Hosain's film?