As The State Continues Its Censorship, We Need To Remember That Drill Artists Have Free Speech Too – Rights Info

‘South London Drill artists AM and Skengdo were handed suspended jail sentences for performing their song ‘Attempted’ at a concert in Camden in December 2018.’

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Rights Info, 19th February 2019

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Drill music crackdown ‘fails to address root causes of youth violence’ – The Guardian

‘Campaigners and artists have sharply criticised the police crackdown on drill music, warning this “punitive” approach will ultimately fail to tackle the root causes of youth violence.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2019

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Gangland hitman gets life term for murder of Salford ‘Mr Big’ – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2019 in attempts, gangs, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A gangland hitman has been sentenced to life in prison for the murders of the Salford criminal Paul Massey, known as “Mr Big”, and his associate John Kinsella.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2019

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Gang convicted of violent attack which saw corrosive substance squirted at bystanders – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 26th, 2018 in gangs, guilty pleas, hazardous substances, news, violent disorder by tracey

‘Nine men have been convicted of carrying out a violent attack which saw a corrosive substance squirted at bystanders trying to stop a street assault.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 22nd November 2018

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Latvian human trafficking gang jailed for East Midlands plot – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Nine members of an organised crime group based in the East Midlands and Latvia have been jailed for human trafficking offences against 28 victims.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 7th November 2018

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Five men jailed over unprovoked murder of Romanian man stabbed to death in London shopping centre – The Independent

Posted November 8th, 2018 in gangs, murder, news, sentencing, violent disorder, violent offenders, weapons by tracey

‘Five men have been jailed over the murder of a Romanian man who was chased down and stabbed to death in a London shopping centre, just weeks after he moved to the UK.’

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The Independent, 7th November 2018

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Huddersfield grooming gang: four more jailed for abusing girls – The Guardian

‘Four members of a Huddersfield grooming gang have been jailed for a harrowing campaign of violence and sexual abuse against three vulnerable girls.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2018

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Stop and search makes crime more likely, report finds – The Guardian

Posted September 19th, 2018 in crime prevention, gangs, news, police, stop and search by sally

‘The police tactic of stop and search is increasing the likelihood of crime rather than preventing it, finds a report that paints a bleak picture of young men and boys snapping under the pressure of relentless checks sometimes multiple times a day.’

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The Guardian, 18th September 2018

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Cyprus-based drug dealer who got mum to run business jailed – BBC News

Posted September 4th, 2018 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, gangs, news, sentencing by sally

‘A Cyprus-based dealer who got his mother to run a £300,000 drug ring from the UK has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 3rd September 2018

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Modern slavery law review as gangs ‘evolve’ – BBC News

‘The UK’s modern slavery legislation is to be reviewed as criminal gangs find new ways to exploit victims, the Home Office has announced.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2018

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Judge names five teenagers guilty of torturing and killing rival – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2018 in anonymity, gangs, murder, news, young offenders by sally

‘Five 15-year-old boys who “tortured” a teenager to death in an alleyway behind his home in a gang murder can be named for the first time after they were handed life sentences. Kai Fisher-Dixon, Shuayb Mahomud, Tremayne Gray, Omarion Stephens and Abdulqaliq Mohamed stabbed Jacob Abraham, also 15, eight times in the legs and once in the arm.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2018

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Grooming: Sajid Javid orders officials to build profile of sex gangs – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2018 in gangs, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘The home secretary has ordered that research be carried out into the characteristics of child sexual abuse gangs, such as those that have blighted towns and cities like Rotherham, Oxford and Newcastle in recent years.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2018

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London drill rap group banned from making music due to threat of violence – The Guardian

‘A drill rap group in London has been issued with a court order that bans them from making music without police permission.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2018

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Jerome Jones v Birmingham City Council – Arden Chambers

‘The Court of Appeal has held that proceedings for a gang injunction under Part 4, Policing and Crime Act 2009 (the “2009 Act”) and an anti-social behaviour injunction under Part 1, Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (the “2014 Act”) do not involve the determination of a criminal charge and therefore do not engage Articles 6(2) or 6(3) of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”). Nor does the requirement of a fair trial under Article 6(1) require the criminal standard of proof to be applied.’

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Arden Chambers, 23rd May 2018

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Ladbroke Grove drill rap machete gang sentenced – BBC News

‘Five gang members who made “drill” music videos glorifying violence have been sentenced after being caught with machetes and baseball bats.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2018

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Court of Appeal upholds Birmingham gang injunction – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 31st, 2018 in appeals, ASBOs, freedom of movement, gangs, injunctions, news, standard of proof by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a ‘gang injunction’ restricting the actions and movement of 18 members of a Birmingham gang. One of the men affected, Jerome Jones, unsuccessfully challenged the injunction, arguing that the proceedings by which it was made properly required proof to the criminal standard, and that the application of the civil standard violated his right to a fair trial under Article 6 ECHR.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st May 2018

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Rise in proportion of BAME suspects on Met’s gangs matrix – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2018 in gangs, London, news, police, race discrimination, young persons by sally

‘The proportion of suspects on the Metropolitan police’s gangs matrix from minority ethnic groups has increased to nearly nine in 10, according to the force’s own figures.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2018

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Police to treat gangs like terror suspects with tough new laws – Daily Telegraph

‘Police will treat gang members like terrorism suspects if they use YouTube music videos to incite violence on the streets, under new proposals to tackle the soaring murder rates.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th May 2018

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Birmingham man fails to overturn gang injunction – BBC News

Posted May 24th, 2018 in gangs, human rights, injunctions, local government, news by tracey

‘Gang injunctions that can ban individuals from towns and cities do not breach European human rights laws, a court has ruled. Appeal court judges made the ruling after a challenge by a 21-year-old who was made the subject of a Birmingham City Council banning order.’

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BBC News, 23rd May 2018

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Metropolitan Police’s ‘racially discriminatory’ gangs database failing to tackle violence, report finds – The Independent

‘Scotland Yard is listing thousands of children and young men on a “racially discriminatory” database that is failing to tackle rising violence in London, a new report has found.’

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The Independent, 9th May 2018

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