Archive for the 'gangs' Category

Gun murder gang pair get 32 years – The Independent

“Two members of a murderous gun gang were jailed for life today for the murder of an innocent 16-year-old girl shot dead when a tit-for-tat revenge hit went wrong.”

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The Independent, 12th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Beshenivsky killer Mustaf Jama loses appeal – BBC News

“A man who murdered a Bradford policewoman during a bungled robbery has lost an appeal against his conviction.”

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BBC News, 28th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Youths face life for boy’s murder – The Independent

“Three youths face life sentences after being found guilty today of murdering schoolboy Nicholas Pearton.”

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The Independent, 10th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Council seeks more ‘gang injunctions’ – The Guardian

“Southwark council, which became the first to obtain a court order against a gang member, is drawing up a list of more suspects.”

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The Guardian, 4th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Two sentenced over multi-million cannabis plot – UK Borders Agency

“Two members of a drug trafficking gang have been given prison sentences totalling 22 years for smuggling millions of pounds’ worth of cannabis into the UK.”

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UK Borders Agency, 16th February 2011

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Gipsy Hill murder: Six jailed for shooting ‘peacemaker’ – BBC News

“Five men and a teenage boy have been jailed for life for shooting dead a ‘peacemaker’ in south London.”

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BBC News, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Olympic property fraud gang jailed for shares scam – BBC News

“Five men have been jailed for their roles in a scam which invited dozens of elderly people to invest in property near the Olympic site in east London.”

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BBC News, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Powers to stop gang violence – Home Office

“Gang injunctions’ can be used by police and local authorities from next month, minister James Brokenshire announced today.”

Full press release

Home Office, 16th December 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Two in £53m Securitas raid in Kent lose appeal – BBC News

“Two members of a gang jailed for their part in stealing £53m in Britain’s biggest cash robbery have failed in bids to overturn their convictions.”

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BBC News, 25th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Men convicted in shocking sex abuse case – Crown Prosecution Service

“Five men have been convicted of a string of sexual offences against young, vulnerable teenage girls and women in a case described as one of ‘shocking and persistent abuse’ by Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Samantha Shallow. Three other men were found guilty of related offences.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 24th November 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Agencies ‘missed chances’ to help Derby sex gang girls – BBC News

“Agencies ‘missed opportunities’  to help girls caught up in a sexual exploitation ring, an independent inquiry has found.”

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BBC News, 25th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Respected police sergeant led double life as ‘mob boss in uniform’ – Daily Telegraph

“Salim Razaq, 31, became a ‘mob boss in police uniform’ after taking charge of a drug and money-laundering racket when his younger brother, Hafiz, was jailed for kidnapping a rival gang member during a brutal turf war.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Resident who fired catapult at gang of troublemakers wins court battle – Daily Telegraph

“A vigilante resident who was sued after firing a catapult at local troublemakers has been vindicated by a judge.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Goldie’s son sentenced to life for gang-related murder – The Guardian

“The son of dance music star Goldie was given a minimum 21-year jail sentence today for his part in gang rivalry that turned lethally violent.”

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The Guardian, 7th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Stirland case coroner calls for witness reforms – BBC News

“Police should review witness protection protocols, a coroner has said in her report into the gangland killings of a Lincolnshire couple.”

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BBC News, 10th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Bristol drug gang jailed after covert police operation – BBC News

“Four men have been jailed for their part in a drugs network which police said allowed them to live a life of luxury hotels and fast cars.”

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BBC News, 14th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Organised crime gangs ‘outwitting police’ – The Independent

“The long arm of the law is failing to reach the most dangerous organised crime gangs, Britain’s most senior police officer warned.”

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The Independent, 13th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Crime gang’ jailed for high value car thefts – BBC News

“Three men have been jailed after admitting stealing to order top-of-the range cars with a total value estimated at £317,000.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Calls to ban Mosquito ‘teen repellent’ device ruled out – BBC News

“The UK government has rejected calls to ban a device that uses a high-pitched noise to disperse teenage gangs.”

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BBC News, 28th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police, prisons and probation ‘failing to tackle child gangs’ – The Guardian

“Police, prisons and probation services are failing to tackle the growing dangers of young people getting involved in gangs, according to a damning new report.”

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teenager-repellent ‘mosquito’ must be banned, says Europe – The Guardian

“A device that uses high-frequency sound to disperse teenage gangs is illegal under human rights law and is ‘degrading and discriminatory’ to youngsters, a report this week claims.”

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The Guardian, 20th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pair jailed for Manchester teenager’s shooting murder – BBC News

“Two men must serve more than 20 years in prison for murdering a boy who was shot in the head in a revenge attack.”

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BBC News, 31st March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Teenager’s torturers jailed for 40 years – The Independent

“A gang who kidnapped and tortured a 16-year-old boy have been jailed for 40 years, it was confirmed today.”

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The Independent, 11th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Last of heroin ring are sentenced – BBC News

“The last seven members of a drugs gang who conspired to transport heroin with a street value of £700,000 into south Wales have been sentenced.”

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BBC News, 11th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gang member gets 17 years for murdering teenage cadet – The Independent

“A teenage gang member who knifed a 16-year-old army cadet through the heart was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years behind bars today.”

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The Independent, 2nd February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Nottingham cannabis gang members sentenced – BBC News

“The leaders of a gang which ran a multi-million pound cannabis operation in Nottinghamshire have been sentenced.”

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BBC News, 26th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sentence increase sends a message to gang members – Attorney General’s Office

“A gang member involved in the murder of Rhys Jones has had his sentence increased from seven years to twelve after being referred to the Court of Appeal by the Solicitor General, Vera Baird QC MP, for consideration as unduly lenient.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 28th October 2009

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Jail for gangsters’ girlfriends who stash guns – The Independent

“Young women who stash guns for their gangster boyfriends are risking their futures and will face jail, police said today (30 September).”

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The Independent, 30th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Why we avoid charging youths, by inquest police – The Independent

“Police try to avoid sending anti-social youths to prison because it increases the chances of them reoffending, an inquest into the deaths of a mother and her disabled daughter heard today.”

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The Independent, 25th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Gang warfare killers jailed for up to 35 years – The Independent

“Four gang members were told today they must serve minimum prison terms of up to 35 years after they were found guilty of murdering a 17-year-old youth who was gunned down outside a barber shop.”

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The Independent, 7th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Expanded plans to tackle serious youth violence announced – Ministry of Justice

“The government has announced details of the next phase of the Tackling Knives Action Programme, including a specialist team to take on gang-related violence.”

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Man guilty of Beshenivsky murder – BBC News

“A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a policewoman who was shot dead during a bungled robbery.”

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BBC News, 22nd July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police watchdog to investigate organised crime agency – The Guardian

“Britain’s organised crime agency is being investigated by the police watchdog over concerns that it could have done more to prevent the gangland killing of a shopkeeper in an organised crime hotspot.”

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The Guardian, 16th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police watchdog begins inquiry into intelligence agency over murder – The Guardian

“Britain’s national intelligence and law-enforcement agency is being investigated by the police watchdog over concerns that it could have done more to prevent the gangland killing of a shopkeeper in an organised crime hotspot.”

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The Guardian, 15th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Revenge killing’ gunman jailed – BBC News

“A gunman who shot a rival gang member in a north London barber shop as ‘payback’ for two other deaths has been jailed for life for murder.”

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BBC News, 13th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gang jailed for murder of innocent teenager Shaquille Smith – The Times

“Six members of a notorious teenage knife gang were told they were arrogant cowards as they were jailed for life today for murdering an innocent schoolboy yards from his home.”

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The Times, 9th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Gang of six guilty of Shaquille Smith murder – The Independent

“A gang of six youths were found guilty at the Old Bailey today of murdering an innocent 14-year-old schoolboy stabbed in a park.”

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The Independent, 9th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Crime gangs ‘pose rising threat’ – BBC News

“Police are failing to tackle the rising threat of criminal gangs in England and Wales, a report has warned.”

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BBC News, 25th April 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Parents face gang culture action – BBC News

“Parents of children involved in gang violence should be ‘held to account’, ministers are to argue as they warn of the growing threat of gang culture.”

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BBC News, 18th March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Home Secretary launches new gang Asbo – Daily Telegraph

“A new Asbo designed to prevent gang violence by preventing youths congregating or wearing certain clothes will be announced by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th February 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Gang culture flourishing in top-security jail, report reveals – The Guardian

“Fresh evidence that gang culture is flourishing inside Britain’s top-security prisons emerges today in a report by the chief inspector of prisons on Long Lartin jail in Worcestershire.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Anti-gang banning orders planned – BBC News

“Young people who join gangs could face banning orders to control their movements and prevent gun and knife crime, the BBC has learned.”

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BBC News, 13th January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Schoolboy gang jailed over punishment rape attack on 14-year-old girl – Daily Telegraph

“Nine members of a schoolboy gang who raped a 14-year-old girl in a punishment attack after she insulted their leader, have been jailed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Anti-gang injunctions thrown out – BBC News

“Civil injunctions cannot be used against gangs in Birmingham, the Court of Appeal has ruled.”

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BBC News, 30th October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

UK police win extradition over Salford gangland hit – The Guardian

“One of Britain’s most wanted men will be extradited to the UK this week after being arrested in Benidorm, southern Spain. Bobby Spiers will be interviewed by Manchester police in connection with a bungled underworld hit in a Salford pub that left two men dead.”

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Youth violence: Tactics against gangs fatally flawed – report – The Guardian

“The government’s drive to curb street gangs and knife crime is challenged today by research suggesting official tactics are fundamentally misinformed, frequently failing, and sometimes actively strengthen the gangs they target.”

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The Guardian, 14th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cherie Blair: A call to action on knife crime – Daily Telegraph

“Cherie Blair QC, chair of the Street Weapons Commission, on the truth about gang violence and what can be done to bring it under control.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police get new powers to wage war on gangs – The Times

“Witnesses who give evidence against gang members will be guaranteed their anonymity as soon as they come forward so they can be free from fear of reprisals, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 22nd May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Six children quizzed over web fights – The Independent

“Police arrested six children for allegedly using a social networking website to organise gang fights.”

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The Independent, 28th March 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Officials warn of terrorist links to prison gangs – The Guardian

“The growing number of terrorist prisoners are forging connections with the existing gangs inside Britain’s high security jails to the alarm of senior Prison Service managers, according to internal Ministry of Justice documents.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Seeking solitary: prison gang wars force fearful inmates to plead for segregation – The Guardian

“The segregation units in Britain’s high security prisons used to be full of prisoners being punished for breaking the rules or being held in solitary because they were too dangerous to mix with others.”

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The Guardian, 18th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gangs “safe houses” plan backed – BBC News

“Ministers are considering providing ‘safe houses’ for black youngsters who want to escape membership of a gang.”

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BBC News, 18th October 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

How police set up band of “untouchables” to snare crime gang that held city in fear – The Times

“Police set up a squad of ‘untouchables’ to bring down a notorious crime gang that had infiltrated their force and given Nottingham the reputation of the gun capital of Britain.”

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The Times, 3rd August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Gang culture ‘death and devastation’ must end, says judge – The Guardian

“The ‘death and devastation’ resulting from Britain’s gang and knife culture was condemned by a senior judge yesterday as he jailed a teenager for the murder of a street rival. Judge Gerald Gordon told the Old Bailey that there must be an end to families being torn apart by youth violence, often prompted by trivial disputes.”

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The Guardian, 28th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Senior judge hits out at knife culture – Reuters

“A senior judge has criticised the growing knife culture for causing ‘death and devastation’ as he sentenced a teenager for the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy on a south London estate.”

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Reuters, 27th April 2007

Source: www.reuters.com


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