Knife Crime Prevention Orders begin in London – Home Office

‘Court orders preventing young people from carrying knives and becoming embroiled in serious violence are now being piloted in London, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced.’

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Home Office, 7th July 2021

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Operation Fort: Three gang members convicted of human trafficking – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three pivotal members of the largest human trafficking ring ever exposed in the UK have been convicted of people trafficking offences that involved vulnerable victims being intimidated and exploited, having their wages funnelled in to bank accounts controlled by members of the gang and being paid only paltry sums in return for their labours.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th June 2021

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Drill music as bad character evidence – 6KBW College Hill

‘The past decade has seen the emergence of ‘drill music’ content increasingly used by the prosecution in criminal trials involving young, black, male defendants accused of gang-related offences.’

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6KBW College Hill, 13th June 2021

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Police force obtains gang injunctions banning brothers from music videos glorifying gun and drug crime – Local Government Lawyer

‘West Midlands Police has secured gang injunctions banning two brothers from Birmingham from appearing in drill music videos glorifying gun and drug crime.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th May 2021

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Keelan Wilson: Four jailed for Wolverhampton teen’s gang murder – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2021 in gangs, imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘Four men who murdered a teenager in a “well-planned execution” metres from his home have been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 15th May 2021

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Former Met officer who used position to aid criminal gang jailed – The Guardian

‘A former Metropolitan police officer who used his position to help a criminal gang seize money from other offenders has been jailed for eight years.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2021

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Three guilty of crossbow killings at Brierley Hill cannabis farm – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2021 in drug offences, gangs, homicide, murder, news by tracey

‘An accountant and his father have been convicted of mistakenly killing their relative with a crossbow and murdering a cannabis farm burglar seconds later.’

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BBC News, 11th February 2021

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A thousand young, black men removed from Met gang violence prediction database – The Guardian

‘One thousand young, black men have been removed from an allegedly discriminatory gangs database used by police in London, after a review found they posed no or little risk of committing violence, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2021

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People smugglers jailed for total of 78 years over deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants – The Independent

‘Four people-smugglers have been jailed for a total of 78 years over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants, whose bodies were found in a lorry container in Essex in October 2019.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2021

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Oxfordshire boy groomed by gangs ‘failed’ by authorities – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2021 in children, drug trafficking, education, gangs, news, police, reports, social services, suicide by sally

‘A boy found dead in his bedroom was groomed into a world of drug trafficking and “failed” by the authorities, a serious case review said.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2021

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Keelan Wilson: Four guilty of Wolverhampton boy murder – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2021 in children, gangs, murder, news, offensive weapons, young offenders by sally

‘Four men have been found guilty of murdering a boy stabbed more than 40 times in a “well-planned execution”.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2021

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Drill and rap music on trial – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2021 in artistic works, gangs, homicide, murder, news, violence by sally

‘Drill music has captured headlines since it started to emerge in the UK in 2012. With its often provocative lyrics, it’s been blamed by police for fuelling violence.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2021

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Role of grooming of women involved in violent crime examined as part of new gangs guidance – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Prosecutors working on gang-related cases which involve women and girls should consider if there is evidence they have been forced or groomed into committing crime, according to new legal guidance published today. The guidance, Decision-making in “gang” related offences, has been drawn up by the Crown Prosecution Service to give lawyers practical advice on building the strongest possible cases and gathering robust evidence to present to the court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th December 2020

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Grooming gangs come from ‘diverse backgrounds’, says Home Office as review finally published – The Independent

‘Grooming gangs come from “diverse backgrounds”, a Home Office review has concluded. The research, originally promised by Sajid Javid in 2018, was published on Tuesday following a government U-turn. The Home Office previously said releasing the paper would not be in the “public interest”, in response to a Freedom of Information request by The Independent, but committed to making it public after a petition signed by more than 130,000 people.’
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The Independent, 15th December 2020

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Damilola Taylor: What lessons have been learnt 20 years on? – BBC News

Posted November 27th, 2020 in children, gangs, homicide, London, news, offensive weapons, victims, young offenders by tracey

‘Twenty years ago, 10-year-old schoolboy Damilola Taylor was stabbed in the leg and left to die in a south London stairwell. It took six years and three trials for brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie to be convicted of manslaughter. They were aged 12 and 13 at the time of the killing.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2020

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Gang who stole Isaac Newton and Galileo books by abseiling into building to avoid motion sensors jailed – The Independent

Posted October 5th, 2020 in artistic works, burglary, gangs, imprisonment, news, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘A dozen men have been jailed over a Mission Impossible-style heist during which thieves abseiled through a roof to avoid motion sensors in order to steal “irreplaceable” books by Isaac Newton and Galileo.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2020

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Nationwide Organised Crime Gang sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Eighteen members of a gang who ran a county lines drugs operation stretching from north Wales and Merseyside as far as Anglesey, Cornwall and Scotland have been sentenced to a total of nearly 147 years’ imprisonment, with individual sentences ranging from 4 to 21 years at Mold Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service , 11th September 2020

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‘County lines’ drug ringleader jailed for 21 years – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2020 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, gangs, news, sentencing by sally

‘The leader of a sophisticated multi-million pound drug supply network has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2020

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Detention of a minor for his own protection – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 15th, 2020 in detention, gangs, news, offensive weapons, police, violent disorder, young offenders by tracey

‘The High Court recently dismissed a claim of incompatibility with Article 5 ECHR arising from a detention of a minor for his own protection in the case of Archer v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2020] EWHC 1567 (QB).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th July 2020

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Jaden Moodie: ‘Chances missed’ to protect boy groomed by dealers – BBC News

‘A boy who was “butchered” in a drugs turf war after being groomed by drug dealers had been arrested in a crack den months earlier but police did not contact child exploitation staff, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2020

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