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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Westminster - Your Choice Programme

Hampstead and Highgate Express (Ham and High)
January 31, 2013 Thursday

A new approach to loosening the grip of gang culture and violence among young people in Westminster has caught the attention of top brass at the Metropolitan Police.

Westminster Police's deputy borough commander Det Ch Supt Paul Rickett, who leads on the day-to-day running of Westminster Police, took a tour of the borough's cutting-edge Integrated Gang Unit (IGU) on Monday.

It has seen a promising drop in the level of serious youth violence - although the death of 16-year-old Hani Abou El Kheir in Pimlico the day before cast an inevitable shadow over the visit.

Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was due to attend the briefing as well, but cancelled after Sunday's tragedy.

Despite the reportedly gang-related killing, the number of incidents of serious youth violence has more than halved since the programme, dubbed Your Choice, launched in September 2011 in the midst of a surge in incidents and increasing concern in the community - the biggest fall in London. The programme could be replicated across the capital if its success continues.

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Following his visit, Det Ch Supt Rickett said: "I understand that there must be a considerable amount of concern within the local community but I must stress that incidents such as these are very rare on the borough." He said the death was "particularly sad" given the progress made in tackling youth violence, saying the project's success "equates to more than 90 fewer victims" in the last year.

The £1.5million Your Choice programme targets boys and girls transferring to secondary school, but longer-term funding could allow for earlier intervention with children in primary Years 4 and 5.

It targets known youth offenders, giving them the choice of accepting an extensive package of measures to stay away from gangs and violent crime or face up to "swift justice" - eviction from home or a ban from their estate.

It requires various agencies, from the council to police to voluntary groups, to work together in the same office - an approach unheard of until recently. This makes a "gang intelligence desk" possible, building a comprehensive understanding of gang networks, family connections and the services they receive from public agencies, updated every day.

Known gang members are put under police surveillance, dovetailed with police operations and dispersal orders which enable officers to effectively "ban" two or more people from gathering within a certain area. This zero-tolerance approach is combined with a diversion programme for young people at risk of getting drawn into gang-related criminal activity.

It offers "gang exit programmes" for those looking to get out of the culture, mediation services between gangs formed around the borough boundaries with Brent and Kensington & Chelsea, help for their families and support to get young people trained and into a job. Some 70 referrals have been made through its Fresh Start Employment programme, which has found five a job or apprenticeship, with 23 actively looking.

The gang exit programme is dealing with nine high-risk individuals, both in prison and in the community, while "gang-affected" 11 families are being helped by outreach workers.

The second phase of cross-borough gang mediation, Endz United, started this month to train up to 20 young people from north Westminster and south Kilburn in conflict resolution and peer mediation.

The IGU now has a part-time senior probation officer, full time anti-social behaviour caseworker and an independent sexual violence advocate working alongside three PCs.

Det Ch Supt Rickett met with Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster Council's cabinet member for community safety, at the facility in the council's offices in Frampton Street, Marylebone.

Cllr Aiken said: "I share local residents' concerns about gang activity and serious youth violence in Westminster, which is why we set up the Your Choice programme."

She said the results of Your Choice "have been encouraging so far", but "Sunday's tragic incident in Pimlico illustrates that there is still much more work to be done on this issue".

The Dispossessed Fund: ‘Ditch F-word from your rap songs if you want to use music studio ... and they did’

A youth club on a notorious London estate is singing a different tune thanks to a grant from the Dispossessed Fund and Comic Relief. David Cohen hears its story

'Time to de-stress': Ramar Roberts, left, with Suzzette Williamson, Jane Lee and media production tutor Nick Holder (Picture: Matt Writtle)

David Cohen
31 January 2013

The youth club run by SHAK on the notorious Rowley Way Estate had just opened its state-of-the-art recording studio, but when the local teenagers arrived they were told their “f***-you” rap songs were banned. “Users of this studio are reminded that defamatory lyrics will not be tolerated,” proclaimed the code of conduct plastered to the wall, and those who failed to comply were sent packing.

“It was a high-risk strategy,” admitted music tutor Nick Holder, “especially as the estate had problems with anti-social behaviour and the teenagers only wanted to lay down tracks about how they were going to ‘do the other gang in’. Our aim was to use music to change the way they thought and talked and transform the narrative of their lives.

“So we said: ‘Come and do positive songs about how you can improve your life and make your mum proud’. Of course they ran off in disgust, but our equipment was so good that they drifted back. Now, a year later, we have dozens of teenagers signed up and we are beginning to see a big difference in their lives.”

The South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership (SHAK) is the only youth club on a cluster of estates in the Kilburn ward of Camden collectively known as the Rowley Way Estate. Here 2,500 residents live in overcrowded social housing amid high rates of unemployment and poverty. But without SHAK, they say, crime would be much worse.

Last year, a £17,216 grant from the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund was used to employ Mr Holder, 31, along with two others to run an accredited course in sound engineering for up to 60 young people on the estate. The grant came out of a £1 million cash injection to the Dispossessed Fund by Comic Relief and was one of 66 grants we made to grassroots groups tackling inequality across the capital.

This year, once again, the Standard has joined forces with Comic Relief to raise money for Londoners living in deprived conditions. Traditionally Comic Relief asks people to do something funny for money, and in this vein we are appealing to our readers to go to work in their pyjamas on Red Nose Day, March 15, and get sponsored. Because without the generosity of ordinary Londoners, transformative groups like SHAK would fall by the wayside.

According to SHAK’s founder Jane Lee, 55, raising the cash to keep the project going is tougher today than when she founded it 10 years ago. It all started when Camden council gave her a £24,000 grant to go onto the worst estate in the borough, with its brutalist concrete design, to identify the needs of the residents. She said: “A lot of people wouldn’t go near the estate because of its terrible reputation, but I had been a health campaigner and saw it as an opportunity to change lives.”

It didn’t take long for Mrs Lee, a sociologist from west London, to discover that older people on the estate lived in fear of being attacked, and that this was because of bored, fractious youngsters who had nothing to do and nowhere to go.

“There was a derelict launderette on the estate and I managed to get a £50,000 grant from the Camden Neighbourhood Renewal Fund to convert it into a UK Online hub to teach local people IT skills and that’s how we began,” she said.

Today, driven by Mrs Lee’s ingenuity, SHAK operates from three formerly derelict sites on the estate and offers computer skills and ESOL courses for non-English speaking residents, as well as a youth club where dozens of youngsters a year are guided into apprenticeships and take courses in music technology.

For some, like Ramar Roberts, 18, currently doing a football coaching apprenticeship with Arsenal, the youth club offers a place to de-stress. “I come here to record songs and to talk through my personal problems with mentors who I trust,” he said.

But for Lewis Neophytou, also 18, it is much more. “I found my passion, which is to be a studio sound engineer, at this youth club,” he said. “My mum is unemployed, my dad left when I was five never to return, and I became disruptive at school and started hanging around with the wrong crowd.

My friends were robbing and taking drugs, and I could have joined them, but I saw this club as a chance to stay out of trouble and accomplish something in my life.

“I can’t put into words what SHAK means to me. It was here that I discovered my talent and my passion. Without it, I’d have ended up in trouble with the law like my friends. This place has been my escape route and has given me a future.”

SHAK has also worked closely with the local police to reduce anti-social behaviour, said youth club manager Suzette Williamson, 40. “Sometimes the police call us if something kicks off and ask what we know about such a person, and we say, ‘leave it to us’, and we talk to them and try to steer them in a better direction.”

But sometimes the youth club is itself the target of crime, she added. “Two years ago we arrived to find the windows smashed and £20,000 worth of brand new recording equipment gone. Although we were fully insured and have since put in CCTV cameras and security bars, it was devastating to think that people on the estate would steal from their own.

“Around that time we also had a mini-riot when a gang looking to make their name arrived and started throwing pool balls and chairs. We banned the main culprits, but we also had meetings to work out terms under which they could return to the club. They apologised, which was a big step for the likes of them, and today most of them are regular members of the club.”

But it is the estate’s location, surrounded by the multi-million-pound houses of St John’s Wood, said Mrs Lee, that poses a particular challenge. “These teenagers walk past the driveways with the big cars and they come here and boast, ‘I’m going to be driving a Range Rover soon’. We say, ‘have you thought how you are going to afford it?’ Thanks to Comic Relief and the Dispossessed, we are building their confidence, giving them skills and helping them change the soundtrack of their lives.”

Monday, 28 January 2013

Westminster council is 'tackling gangs' following fatal stabbing

Westminster Chronicle
Posted by Poppy Bradbury on Jan 28


Westminster council says it is 'committed' to tackling gang violence in the borough following the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old boy.

The teenager was found stabbed in Lupus Street, Pimlico, yesterday (Sunday 27) around 7pm. He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries a few hours later.

His next of kin have been informed and a murder inquiry launched.

Councillor Nickie Aiken, Westminster council's leader for community protection, said today: "Once more we have seen the tragic blight that knife culture has inflicted on the capital.

"Our thoughts are with the family of this teenager and we will offer whatever help we can.

"Westminster City Council is committed to keeping the streets safe - including tackling gang culture - and we will work over the coming days and weeks to reassure the community of that."

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe had already arranged to meet councillors in Frampton Street, Maida Vale, today to see how the council's anti-gangs programme Your Choice was reducing gang-related violence in the borough.

A police spokesman said regarding the murder: "Police are retaining an open mind regarding the circumstances of the incident and any motive at this early stage."

An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Neil Attewell of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

No arrests have been made.

A post mortem will be scheduled in due course.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information should contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 25 January 2013

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Black-Panther inspired posters - Block Power

Design Week

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 | By Tom Banks

These Black Panthers-inspired posters are fronting a South London campaign for youth initiative Block Workout. See more at Design Week website.



Block Workout is an initiative developed by former gang member Boost, based on fitness routines in Brockwell Park.

Boost says, ‘Block Workout is more than a workout, it’s a lifestyle, applying the same mentality from training, into your workplaces, studies and ventures.’

A set of 150 posters promoting the initiative have been developed by The Champion Agency’s benevolent arm Champion, which Boost will sign and give to all Block Workout entrants.

Champion Agency creative director Scott Leonard says, ‘The posters purposely reference the graphical art of Emory Douglas [minister of culture for the Black Panther Party], who was a prolific designer, seldom celebrated by the traditional design fraternity, possibly because of his political views. Like Boost and his Block Workout, Douglas’ work mobilised revolution and created positive change and seemed like a great starting point.’

Leonard says after writing the Block Power headline, ‘We looked to stick to the integrity of the movement we emulated, that operated from the street.’

The final designs comprise a photocopied lower part of the poster, and a stenciled headline, which has been given a unique colour treatment and style.

It also includes the tag-line Rep Out or Step Out ‘which is important to Boost as he screams it a lot during the sessions, so we included that,’ says Scott.

The tower block illustrations are of blocks visible from Brockwell Park where the group trains, and the iconic Black Panther symbol of a singular fist has become two fists, ‘symbolising how Block Workout unites those from all faiths, races and even gangs,’ says Leonard.

The posters have been created by Benjamin Wachenje, who worked on illustration and type, David Bushay, who worked on graphic design, and Scott Leonard, who worked on creative direction.

Block Workout takes place at Brockwell Park, 26 January, from 10-3pm, entry is free, and so is the poster.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Firearms offences are 40 per cent down in less than a decade, figures will show

The Independent
PAUL PEACHEY

THURSDAY 24 JANUARY 2013



Firearms offences have fallen by more than 40 percent in less than a decade, with the rise of “gun culture” in Britain’s inner cities apparently reversed because of improved police intelligence.

Figures out next month are expected to confirm the long-term decline in gun crime which resulted in 39 people shot dead in 2011/12 compared with a high of 96 ten years earlier.

A series of high-profile shootings - including the New Year’s Day 2003 shooting of teenagers Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare in Birmingham in a drive-by attack – had fuelled political concerns about a tide of gang-related violence using extreme and indiscriminate violence.

But improved intelligence-led operations, poor quality guns and munitions, better community links to divert gang activity, and improved surgery for gunshot victims have all contributed to reduced deaths from gun violence, according to experts and police.

A comparative shortage of guns in circulation has triggered a price spike in the underworld firearms market, according to detectives. A study for the Home Office in 2006 found that around £1,000 will buy a “new” semi-automatic handgun with ammunition.

But a gang of British soldiers due to be sentenced this week for smuggling five handguns into the country from Germany were hoping to sell the weapons to the London underworld for up to £3,500, a court heard.

Police in the West Midlands have reported the emergence on the streets of more antique weapons using home-made ammunition and more sharing of weapons between gangs to counter the shortages.

The decline in UK gun crime follows the establishment of a series of units focused on gang crime following a surge of ‘Yardie’ gun violence at the end of the 1990s.

Police in England and Wales recorded 5,911 firearms offences in 2011/12, a reduction of 42 percent compared with nine years earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Previous hotspots, like Hackney in east London, have seen major drops in gun crime with police using tactics including number plate recognition which has made it harder for criminals to move around with their guns, said DCI John Crossley, of Scotland Yard’s Trident team. “They will look at using girlfriends, they will use and abuse friends and younger kids on the estates to hold their weapons,” he said.

The Government last year announced its intention to introduce a new offence as part of a strategy to go after “middle-men” and armourers who rented out weapons.

Police who raided one criminal quartermaster’s house in Manchester, in 2011 found a cache of weapons including a machine gun that had been used in five crimes across the North West in five years.

The planned legislation followed lobbying from the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) that suggested going after the suppliers was key to keeping gun crime low.

NABIS said the planned new law of “possession with intent to supply” is expected to affect 10 to 20 offenders a year.

Gavin Hales, a research fellow at Essex University and one of the authors of the 2006 Home Office study, said interviews with 80 gangsters showed that guns were often used and sold back into the market. Prices for hiring weapons depended on if they had been used in previous crimes and “deposits” were lost to the armourer if they had been fired. “That marked a break in tradition,” said Mr Hales. “In previous decade a gun used in a shooting would have been disposed of immediately.”

The shortage of weapons has seen criminals turn to stun guns for use in burglaries, robberies and disputes between drug dealers with 500 seized in the past three years, according to a Freedom of Information request by the BBC.

Detective Superintendent Joanne Chilton, head of gangs and organised crime unit at West Midlands police where gun crime deaths have gone down from nine in 2002-03 to two in 2011-12, said: “I don’t think they (guns) are as prevalent as the community thinks, which is why we see them passed between people.”

Monday, 21 January 2013

Euro teens join forces to tackle gang violence

Evening Standard
Martin Bentham

21 January 2013

London teenagers who have been caught up in youth violence are to work with gang members from elsewhere in Europe under a new scheme that aims to stop more young people suffering.

The youths from Westminster will produce posters and a website with counterparts in Cordoba in Spain and the Italian city of Pescara. They will draw on their experiences to promote an anti-street violence message.

The scheme, funded by a £330,000 EU grant, will also lead to the production of leaflets and a newspaper, as well as radio and video broadcasts.

The 20 Londoners involved are former gang members or victims of youth violence. They will work with police, councillors, schools and residents to draw up ideas on how best to reduce gang problems.

One of the participants, Abdel Cheddoud, 17, of Queen’s Park said: “We know the issues and how to speak to people who are maybe thinking of joining a gang. Our main message is that you have a choice, and choices are what makes us. If you’re being controlled by your friends, we want to say: you’re your own person.”

The project, Youth Secure Streets, will be based at the Churchill Gardens estate in Pimlico. Westminster said it was the first cross-Europe project on tackling gangs. Nickie Aiken, Westminster council’s cabinet member for children, young people and community protection, said it would also provide skills that would improve job prospects.

She added: “Gangs and street violence are an issue around the world. By putting our heads together with different countries we can get a fresh insight on how to tackle the problem.”

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Spurs Boss Supports Sport Against Gangs


The Voice

Andre Villas-Boas launches Urban Stars report which finds 80 percent of young people in Laureus projects more likely to stay away from gangs
16/01/2013 06:26 PM



MOTIVATOR: AVB talks shop with children

LAUREUS SPORT for Good Foundation has commissioned a community sports report that finds an average of 80 percent of youngsters involved in their programmes are “more likely to stay away from gangs and were more optimistic about their future.”

Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas, who was today unveiled as a new Laureus ambassador, launched the report – based on research from Urban Stars sports projects in London, the West Midlands and Gloucestershire – at Walworth Academy, south London, where he met children and held a training session.

Urban Stars is one of Laureus’ key programmes, and is run by its partner Active Communities Network.

“Laureus has shown over the years that it understands how to help young people through sports projects and this research is very significant”, Villas-Boas said. “I am passionate about how football can help young people in the community. This is something we also try very hard to do at Tottenham Hotspur through our Foundation.

“It’s great to see Urban Stars using football in London to help young people turn their lives around and becoming valuable members of the community.

“Laureus has once again proved that sports projects are highly effective when it comes to giving young people an alternative to gangs and youth crime and giving them a more positive outlook”, added the former Chelsea manager.

The report made its findings from questionnaires given to over 250 young people and project leaders within the Urban Stars programme. Outdoing the 80 percent average were respondents in the West Midlands, of whom 94 percent said they less likely to be in a gang because of sport – the project runs boxing programmes in that location.

Also to come out of the research was that there was a 30 percent reduction in reoffending rates, compared to the national average, of prison leavers who participated in the programmes.

The Government estimates £4bn a year is spent on youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

“The report also demonstrates that sport can be effective not only in engaging marginalised youth but in tackling youth crime and reducing re-offending. At the same time it can provide a variety of support mechanisms and educational/life course pathways”, said professor Andrew Parker, lead researcher of the University of Gloucestershire.

Gary Stannett, Chief Executive Officer of Active Communities Network, said: “This research evidences our belief that sport can act as a catalyst for both personal and community enhancement when delivered by quality staff in local neighbourhoods.

Laureus, whose patron is Nelson Mandela, is a global organisation which aims to use “the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good.” It is made up of three parts – the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards, all of which view sport as a means for social change.

Monday, 14 January 2013

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C.R.I.M.E (Creating Role Models In Media Enterprise) was set up by Mr Fredi 'KRUGA' Nwaka and is a community organisation which works with ex offenders, gang members and young teens turning their stories or experiences into short film. It was set up as a response to the 2011 London riots as a way to not only give back to the community but to help some of the troubled teenagers who would like to seek a career in film/TV,this being done through work shops, mentoring and real life film classes. Having lost over 40 friends and associates to violent crime and gang affiliated incidences, Fredi Nwaka has used his real life experiences to deliver a punchy, fast paced, intelligent look at the gang epidemic which has claimed the lives of so many of our young people.


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Birmingham street gang eradication in 2013 'unrealistic'

14 January 2013
By Julia LeonardBBC News

In March 2011, Sharif Cousins set up the New Day Foundation, which aims to persuade young people in Handsworth not to become involved in gangs

It was a bold pledge by a senior police officer that within three years, street gangs in the West Midlands would be eradicated.

But, as the deadline set by former Ch Supt Tom Coughlan passed, it was clear the problem had not been achieved.

Figures just released by West Midlands Police however, show violent crime has been reduced in the last 10 years, even though officers accept eliminating gangs will not happen quickly, if at all.

Sgt Mark Bellingham, of the force's gang task force, said the statement made by former Ch Supt Coughlan to the BBC in 2009, was too optimistic.Driven 'by greed'

"There's certainly less gang activity and there are still gangs that exist but there are fewer serious incidents compared with 10 years ago," he said.

"To say we'll eradicate them is going to take a very long time indeed, greed is part of our make up and while there is still money to be made those who see an opportunity will act."

Figures from the force show the number of incidents involving knives have almost halved since 2001-2, dropping to 2,237 in 2011-12.

Gun incidents were down to 622 from 1,285 in the same time frame.

Mr Bellingham, who has worked in the area for a number of years, said it felt like improvements had been made since the murders of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare in Aston in January 2003, because "a lot of the ringleaders" from that time were sent to prison.

Knife and gun crime in the West Midlands
Knife incidents in 2002-3: 4,096
Knife incidents in 2011-12: 2,237
Gun incidents in 2002-3: 1,285
Gun incidents in 2011-12: 622

He said the progress was also down to better relationships with partner agencies, such as social services and youth offender organisations, in identifying people who need help.

Mr Bellingham added reducing gang crime meant "getting a generation ahead" and targeting youngsters aged 12 to 20.

Former gang member Sharif Cousins, 36 and from Handsworth, said not enough is done to tackle the issue.

He used to be part of the Burger Bar Boys, one of two rival gangs in Birmingham, and has spent nearly 14 years in prison.'Proper nuisance'

It was while he was serving an eight-year term for firearms offences and intent to endanger life, he decided he "didn't want to be part of the problem any more".

"It gave me a chance to reflect on what I'd inflicted on the community, I used to make a proper nuisance of myself and realised the way I was living was not the way to be," he said.

"It would have been easier to go back to gang life but I want to make a difference to the place where I live."


Sgt Mark Bellingham said gang crime in the area seemed "less organised"

Mr Cousins believes the problem could only be properly tackled by ex-gang members and has set up the New Day Foundation to help persuade young people aged 13 to 30-years-old "not to get sucked in" to gang culture.

He said: "The young teenagers are the most vulnerable but it's hard for them as their options are limited and they've got nothing to do.

"If you're from a certain area you're automatically typecast as being in a gang.

"The police are getting money to stop gang crime but we don't see the product of it here, that's why we're doing what we're doing."'Historical issue'

Mr Bellingham said government funding cuts have affected some of the services the police work with.

He said: "It would be wrong to blame money entirely as but we have to ask whether we have enough people who can step forwards to help those who need it.

"It takes very special people to want to help for nothing so having enough [paid] staff is key."

“Even postcodes have connotations in areas like Birmingham”Russell GreenOaklands Young People's Centre

Russell Green, a senior youth worker at the Oaklands Young People's Centre in Handsworth, said funding funding cuts since 2009 have kicked in.

The centre is run by nine staff in total, two of whom are full time, compared with 13 staff in 2007.

Mr Green said: "Working with young people at risk of becoming part of gangs is challenging at the best of times, it's a historical issue and there's no quick-fix solution.

"As a 'guestimate' I would say one in six of the kids we work with [aged 13 to 19] may have a family member in prison which shows the kind of backgrounds we're dealing with."

Trying to tackle it is not helped, he said, by the fact gang behaviour has become "more sophisticated".

"They've cottoned on to how the police work and the way the law is being applied to social media, people who use Facebook and Twitter are so exposed now," said Mr Green.

"Young people are finding the internet can make them a target of gangs, even postcodes have connotations in areas like Birmingham."

He said some young people see being part of a gang as "deceptive safeguard".

Mr Cousins agrees and said: "Kids now assume they're going to end up in a gang because it's safer and is an easy way in but there's no easy way out.

"We want to get the message out to not throw their lives away."

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Warnings of 'violence addiction' at Gang Culture conference

To see video footage and interviews from the conference, click here


Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent John Sutherland was speaking at the Tackling Britain's Gang Culture conference, where people whose lives have been affected by gangs and street crime gathered to discuss the causes of the problems, the impact and possible solutions.

Liz Wickham went along to the event:

Mr Sutherland said he had concerns over sexual exploitation and the absence of positive role models, but said children growing up with violence in the home was the biggest contributor to problems in society.


I think we've barely begun to understand the secondary impact that violence has on these people whose homes it's happening in.

I promise you, it's having a devastating effect.

I regard domestic violence as the single greatest cause of harm in society. I think we have moved a long way in our understanding of [it, because] 25 years ago it was regarded as pretty much a private issue.

Violence begets violence, and as a society we're addicted to it.– METROPOLITAN POLICE CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT JOHN SUTHERLAND

Mr Sutherland said the problem with gangs is not pertinent to a specific age group, neighbourhood or ethnic background.

"It's a whole-society problem that demands a whole-society solution."

He described the absence of "good fathers" as a critical issue, while the sexual exploitation of women, particularly in gang culture where, the conference heard, young girls are raped and used in initiations, is "a horror story, hidden from view".

Addressing ways of finding solutions to gang-related issues, Mr Sutherland echoed the thoughts of fellow speaker Patrick Regan, founder and chief executive of urban youth charity XLP.

Mr Regan said: "We've got to have the courage of our convictions. Those of us who have a position of influence in society, we've got to speak out and speak up. We've got to do it and mean it until things really change. I feel that passionately."

Addressing the crowd at XLP Urban Training Centre in All Hallows-on-the-Wall church, Mr Sutherland received loud applause when he said religious faith has a place in dealing with the problems caused by gang culture.

"This is not a situation we're going to arrest our way out of.

"Faith matters. There is a place for prayer.

"It's not fashionable to say that but frankly we've not got time for fashion anymore."

Today's conference follows a report in October by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) think tank, which said the arrests of more than 200 leaders of London street gangs in the wake of 2011's riots had led to an increase in "chaos, violence and anarchy" in the capital.

It also warned that the removal of the so-called "elders" from the streets has backfired by creating a power vacuum in which younger and more hot-headed members seized control of gangs on a wave of violence.

Drawing on interviews with community leaders and former gang members, it warned of an "escalation" of violence as more junior members - known as "youngers" - vie for status and respect in the absence of the restraining hand of older figures who had imposed a code of behaviour.Police lead a man away following a raid on a property in Pimlico during a crackdown after the riots.Credit: Reuters

The CSJ report also revealed a "startling" increase in the number of girl gang members and a rise in sexual violence within gangs, citing one case in which a 13-year-old girl involved with a gang was being sexually exploited by members and was grooming her own 10-year-old sister for the same purpose.

It recommended "addressing the drivers of gang culture, not just the symptoms", including a new multi-agency Whitehall task force to ensure that as much focus is put on prevention as on enforcement.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Police watchdog to investigate racism claims by brother of Stephen Lawrence

Evening Standard
10th January

An investigation into the claims by the brother of Stephen Lawrence that he has been stopped by police up to 25 times because of his skin colour will be supervised by the independent police watchdog, it was announced today.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will supervise an investigation into Stuart Lawrence's claims that officers from Scotland Yard have repeatedly targeted him as part of a sustained campaign of harassment.

The teacher, whose teenage brother was murdered in a racist attack, has consulted lawyers over the "ludicrous" police behaviour.

He said he was moved to act after he was pulled over by two officers in November while he was in his VW Scirocco near his home in Peckham, south London.

When he asked why he was stopped, one officer told him the pair were "naturally suspicious" of him, he claimed.

The IPCC will now oversee an investigation by the Metropolitan Police's directorate of professional standards.

An IPCC spokeswoman said: "Following careful consideration of a referral from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on January 9, the IPCC will supervise an investigation into a complaint made by Stuart Lawrence.

"The referral relates to an incident in November 2012 when Mr Lawrence was stopped by police officers but the complaint also alleges an overall pattern of behaviour against him by MPS officers on the grounds of his ethnicity.

"The IPCC will set the terms of reference for the investigation which will be conducted by the MPS' directorate of professional standards.

"The decision to supervise this investigation will be kept under review.

"Last year, the IPCC shared public concerns generated by a number of referrals alleging racism and announced it would closely scrutinise how the MPS handled racism complaints.

"As a result of that scrutiny the IPCC has supervised a number of cases alleging racism in the MPS and undertaken additional work. We will be publishing the results of this and any further lessons to be learned from Mr Lawrence's case."

Mr Lawrence, 35, told the Daily Mail he had never done anything wrong.

He said: "I am being targeted because of the colour of my skin, I don't think it's because I am Stephen's brother.

"Whenever I have been stopped, I have never subsequently been charged with anything, and nothing has ever been found to be wrong with my car.

"I have never, ever, done anything wrong. I have never been in trouble with the law. I have paid my road tax and my insurance, and always tried to keep my cars in a roadworthy state."

He said he has been stopped around 25 times but was pulled over at police checkpoints - where officers were apparently checking drivers' tax and insurance - on only two of these occasions.

This was down to "no other reason, apart from racism", he said.

A letter of complaint was sent to Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe on Tuesday, naming the officers allegedly involved in the latest incident.

Mr Lawrence, who is engaged to be married and has a two-year-old son, said he felt "angry and frustrated" and believed there had been little progress in the way police deal with black people.

His brother was stabbed to death by a gang of attackers in Eltham, south-east London, in 1993, at the age of 18.

The original investigation into his death failed to solve the case and was dogged by allegations of corruption and racism.

The Macpherson Inquiry later concluded the Metropolitan Police was "institutionally racist".

Only two of the killers have been convicted.

Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey last year, after a cold case review team discovered tiny traces of forensic evidence linking them to the murder.

Mr Lawrence added: "A lot of recommendations were made by the Macpherson Inquiry but it seems that it hasn't made much difference.

"I would like to know when things are going to change, when is there going to be a society where you are not pulled over because you are a black guy or a black person driving a particular car.

"The decision to stop someone in their car should be based on a sound reason, rather than the colour of your skin."

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

IF ONLY PRESS RELEASE

IF ONLY is a gritty, hard hitting short filmed aimed at individuals who may be involved in gang and violent youth crime or influenced by it. The film aims to divert young people away from violent crime through use of real life story telling.

C.R.I.M.E (Creating Role Models In Media Enterprise) was set up by Mr Fredi 'KRUGA' Nwaka and is a community organisation which works with ex offenders, gang members and young teens turning their stories or experiences into short film. It was set up as a response to the 2011 London riots as a way to not only give back to the community but to help some of the troubled teenagers who would like to seek a career in film/TV,this being done through work shops, mentoring and real life film classes. Having lost over 40 friends and associates to violent crime and gang affiliated incidences, Fredi Nwaka has used his real life experiences to deliver a punchy, fast paced, intelligent look at the gang epidemic which has claimed the lives of so many of our young people.

'IF ONLY' will be screened
February 4th 2013
at the prestigious
195 Piccadilly, (BAFTA)
London
W1J 9LN

7.30pm-9.30pm (No entry after 8pm)

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Ade’s set for starring role in new TV teenage drama

North London Press

Sunday, 06 January 2013



TV stars: Ade Oyefesi, centre, with fellow Youngers actors Shavani Seth and Calvin Demba

By Henry Vane


A YOUNG actor from Colindale is on the verge of stardom after being cast in a new teen drama from the people behind Skins.

Ade Oyefesi, 19, was working as a host at TGI Friday’s during his gap year when he landed a leading role in Youngers, a show created by E4.

The eight-part series, which starts in February, is set in south-east London and follows a group of friends trying to negotiate their way through teenage life and launch a music career.

Ade plays Yemi, who, he says, is a serious, driven character trying to get out of the situation he is in.

“He’s torn between duties to his parents and his passion for music,” said Ade – and there are some similarities with the teenager’s own journey to becoming an actor.

“I can definitely relate to his drive,” he said. “I know about following your dreams, using your talents. But, unlike Yemi, my parents have always been supportive.”

Ade lives at home with his mum and dad and two sisters and retains great affection for Colindale, the place where he has lived for 12 years.

He is full of praise for the drama department at St Mary’s High School, in Downage, Hendon, where he first got into acting and eventually decided to make a career out of it.

“It was such a haven for creative arts,” he said. “It shaped my personality.”

Another central influence was Dev Patel, the Skins and Slumdog Millionaire actor, from nearby Harrow.

“Seeing Dev in Slumdog Millionaire inspired me,” said Ade. “He proved you don’t have to be related to the producer to get a part, you can just go for an open audition. I’ve tried to imitate him.”

Ade believes that Youngers, being of a similar ilk to Skins as well as The Inbetweeners, is guaranteed a lot of hype and publicity.

“Being associated with those shows will definitely boost the profile and hopefully draw audiences, although Youngers is quite different,” he added.

“It’s more real. Most shows about Peckham highlight the gangs and the drugs. We show the other side by portraying really motivated, intellectual people.

“It’s not an illusion, showing that everything is glamorous or terrible. It’s just real life.”

All content © of North London Press unless stated otherwise.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Inactive / Defunct London Gang Names

Inactive or Defunct Gangs
List of street gangs that are no longer active or have ceased existing. Includes various groups from serious gangs down to short-lived less serious street collectives. Some members of the more prominent crews are still active and hold influence over newer gangs. Last updated mid-2012.

East London
  • Alma Tugz - London Borough of Newham
  • Barrier Mandem - London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Boys in da Hood - London Borough of Newham
  • Forest Gate Posse - London Borough of Newham
  • Hackney Boys - London Borough of Hackney
  • Haggerston Fields Combined - London Borough of Hackney
  • Jeeperz / JC Boys - London Borough of Newham
  • Marks Gate Thugs - London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
  • Newham 7 - London Borough of Newham
  • Rowdy Bunch, Junior Bunch & Yardie Bunch - London Borough of Hackney
  • Take Over Network - London Borough of Newham
  • Thatched Manz - London Borough of Newham
  • Viets Over Bitches (VOB) - London Borough of Hackney
  • Well Street Boys - London Borough of Hackney
  • Young Guns Crew (Music Group) - London Borough of Waltham Forest
North London
  • 1 Nation - London Borough of Haringey
  • African Crew - London Borough of Barnet
  • Bennett Court Mandem - London Borough of Islington
  • Broadwater Farm Posse - London Borough of Haringey
  • Cally Road Gang - London Borough of Islington
  • Colville (COV) / De Beauvoir Town - London Borough of Hackney
  • Edmonton Firm - London Borough of Enfield
  • Firm - London Borough of Haringey
  • Hornsey Mandem - London Borough of Haringey
  • Love of Money - London Borough of Hackney
  • Rampage Boys - London Borough of Haringey
  • Shadow Kings - London Borough of Haringey
  • Shell Town Soldiers - London Borough of Haringey
  • Tottenham Foosie Thugs - London Borough of Haringey
  • Tottenham Ghetto Thugs - London Borough of Haringey
  • Tottenham Lost Souls - London Borough of Haringey
  • Tottenham Mandem - London Borough of Haringey
North West London
  • Dirty Dozen - London Borough of Brent
  • Kickoffhead Crew - London Borough of Brent
  • Lock City Crew - London Borough of Brent
  • Mus Luv Crew - London Borough of Brent
  • Sunshine Boys - London Borough of Brent
  • Venom - London Borough of Brent, Camden, Westminster
  • Wembley Mob - London Borough of Brent
South London
  • 28s / Y28s / YY28s - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Abbey Wood Boys - London Borough of Greenwich
  • Above The Rest - London Borough of Greenwich
  • Aligator Crew - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Balham Boot Boys - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Balham Wildkatz - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Battersea Rebels - London Borough of Wandsworth
  • Brown Gang - London Borough of Wandsworth
  • Bury Dem Crew - London Borough of Croydon
  • Cartel Crew - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Clapham Punks - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Dem Twisted Soldiers - London Borough of Croydon
  • Deptford Alley Cats - London Borough of Lewisham
  • Dogs to Kill - London Borough of Croydon
  • Dollars Crew - London Borough of Southwark
  • Dorset Road Cripset - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Eltham Krays - London Borough of Greenwich
  • Firehouse Crew - London Borough of Southwark
  • G-Block (inactive) / The Lane Gang - London Borough of Wandsworth
  • Gas Dem Crew - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Get Money Gangsterz - London Borough of Croydon
  • Gilbourne - London Borough of Greenwich
  • Gloucester Grove Boys - London Borough of Southwark
  • Ink Heads - London Borough of Lewisham
  • Kennington Posse - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Loughborough Soldiers - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Mad Souljaz - London Borough of Greenwich
  • Murder Gang 646 - London Borough's of Merton and Wandsworth
  • Nam Boys - London Borough of Southwark
  • Nastie Squad - London Borough of Lambeth
  • National Front Boys (Eltham/Kidbrooke) - London Borough of Greenwich
  • Nazi Turn Outs - London Borough of Greenwich
  • Night Crawlers - London Borough of Sutton
  • Night Jacklys - London Borough of Southwark
  • North Peckham Boys - London Borough of Southwark
  • NXB - London Borough of Lewisham
  • Outlaws Crew - London Borough of Southwark
  • Peckham Grove Boys - London Borough of Southwark
  • Penge Block - London Borough of Bromley
  • Poison Clan - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Poverty Driven Children - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Raiders - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Ruff Ryders - London Borough of Southwark
  • South Battersea Crew - London Borough of Wandsworth
  • South West Hustlers - London Borough of Wandsworth
  • Spanglers - London Borough of Southwark
  • Sunrise Crew - London Borough of Southwark
  • Take Dem Out - London Borough of Croydon
  • Til Death - London Borough of Croydon
  • The Firm - London Borough of Greenwich
  • The Flash Pakis - London Borough of Wandsworth
  • Untouchables - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Wackers - London Borough of Lambeth
  • Woolwich Mafia - London Borough of Greenwich
  • Woolwich Wildcats - London Borough of Greenwich
  • Zennor Road Mob - London Borough of Lambeth
West London
  • 14k Boys / SW Triads - West/Central London
  • Afghan Bad Boyz - London Borough of Ealing
  • AK47 - London Borough of Ealing
  • Bhatts - London Borough of Ealing 
  • Biker Boys - London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Borer Man Crew - London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Bush Rebels - London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Cold Hearted Cru - London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
  • Holy Smokes - London Borough of Ealing 
  • Horror Road Alliance - London Borough of Westminster
  • Kanaks - London Borough of Ealing 
  • No Face Crew - London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Out To Terrorise - London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
  • Prada Mob - London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Rolex Robbers - London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Shere-e-Punjab - London Borough of Ealing
  • Tooti Nungs - London Borough of Ealing
  • Underground G's - London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Urban Virus - London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  • White City Wildcats - London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

West London Gangs

Below is a list of gangs, crews, urban street collectives etc. from West London - last updated in mid-2012.

Please read the About Gangs pages in conjunction with these lists, weary of the fact 'Gangs' terminology is hugely ambiguous.

It is important to note that a wide ranging type of predominantly street gangs, or youth groups with collective identities, are listed within the site, some more serious than others. Of all groups listed that are currently active only 35% have been involved in rivalries which have resulted in murders. These gangs are located primarily in inner-city areas.

City of Westminster 
 (W2 / W9 / W10 & NW8/SW1)
  • Bengali Green Mans (NW8)
  • Congolese Section 
  • Edgware Road Boys
    • Kurds Taking Over 
  • Horror Road Alliance
    • Cant Roll In My Ends
    • Grey Dayz 
    • Touch Money Greys
    • Grimiest Movement
    • Street Diplomats (defunct)
  • Lisson Green Mandem (NW8)
    • Older Green Manz
    • Lisson Green Manz
    • Younger Green Manz
  • Maida Vale Mob
  • Mozart Bloods
  • Pimz Town (Pimlico; SW1)
    • Brookside
    • Catch Them Murderers / Churchill Gardens
    • E-Block
    • Page Street
London Borough of Ealing 
(W3 / W5 / W7 / W13 / W14 / UB1 / UB2 / UB5 / UB6)
  • Gritset
  • Murder Dem Pussies
    • OMD/Original Mandem
    • FDA/Fuck Da Authority
    • GFL/Gunz Fully Loaded
  • Maximum Profit
  • Original Acton Boys / Original Acton Gangsters
See inactive and defunct for gangs such as Holy Smokes, Tooti Nungs and others.

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham 
(W6 / W12 / W14 / SW6)
  • Fulham Town / F-Town
  • Instruments of Cruelty
  • Make Paper Regardless
  • Murder Dem Pussies
    • OMD/Original Mandem
    • FDA/Fuck Da Authority
    • GFL/Gunz Fully Loaded
  • West Kensington Mandem
    • Avonmore Goons
See inactive and defunct for gangs such as Prada Mob, Rolex Robbers, Underground G's and others.

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 
(W8 / W10 / W11 / SW3 / SW5 / SW7 / SW10)
  • Coldhearted Cru (defunct)
  • Instruments of Cruelty
  • Ladbroke Grove (Golborne side)
  • Ladbroke Grove (Latimer side)
  • SW10 (Worlds End)
Outer West Gangs of Note

London Borough of Hillingdon
  • Purple Hayes 
    • Section 18
    • Bully Unit

South London Gangs

Below is a list of gangs, crews, urban street collectives etc. from South - last updated in mid-2012.

Please read the About Gangs pages in conjunction with these lists, weary of the fact 'Gangs' terminology is hugely ambiguous.

It is important to note that a wide ranging type of predominantly street gangs, or youth groups with collective identities, are listed within the site, some more serious than others. Of all groups listed that are currently active only 35% have been involved in rivalries which have resulted in murders. These gangs are located primarily in inner-city areas.


London Borough of Bromley 
(SE19 / SE20 / SE26)
  • On Top of the Rest 
  • Squeeze Section / Squeeze 4 P$

London Borough of Croydon 
(CR0 / CR2 / CR4 / CR7 / SE19 / SE25 / SW16)


  • Croydon Tamils / Jaffna Boys
  • Dont Say Nothin
    • Down 2 Murder (D2M)
    • Byrdgang
  • KTS/CYT/BC
    • Kill Time Set
    • Certified Young Thugs
    • Block Cartel
  • Shine My Nine / Ninerz
    • Heathset
    • Sumner Road South / Money Team
    • Young PDC
    • Marsh Town
  • Squeeze 4 P$ (S4P)
See inactive/defunct page for more Croydon gangs
London Borough of Greenwich 
(SE2 / SE3 / SE7 / SE10 / SE12 / SE18 / SE28)
  • Cherry Boys
    • Original Cherry Boys
    • Cherry Young Bloods
  • Ferrier Boys
    • Original Ferrier Boys
    • Young Ferrier Boys
    • Handles Bare Guns
  • T-Block
    • Original Greenside Bangers
    • Block Gang
  • Woolwich Boys
    • Anglesea Boys
    • Barnfield Boys
    • Boyard Crew
    • Dockyard Estate
    • F-Street (Frances Street)
    • Maryon Estate
    • Nightingale Crew
    • P-Block (Glyndon / Plumstead)
    • Woolwich Common Estate
    • Young Woolwich Boys
See inactive/defunct page for Eltham Krays, Nazi Turn Outs, Woolwich Mafia and others.

London Borough of Lambeth 
(SE1 / SE11 / SE19 / SE24 / SE27 / SW2 / SW4 / SW8 / SW9 / SW12 / SW16) 
  • All Bout Money / M-Block
  • Angell Town & Loughborough - 150 (RocBlock)
  • Bloods
    • 031 / 17 (Wandsworth Road)
    • Corleone Family Riders
    • G-Street
    • Roadside G's - 198
  • Brixton Hill / New Park - 674
    • New Park G'z
    • Parks 1st Originals
    • Brixton Hill Bullies
  • Claptown  / Notre Damn
  • Crips (inactive)
    • Acre Lane Campaign
    • Claptown Crips
    • Kennington Crips
    • Murderzone (inactive)
  • GAS Gang - 410
  • Gipset
    • Dirty Gip Mob (DGM) / Gipset
    • Ghost Town
    • Red Brick 
  • Kennington Black Mobb
    • Bang Your Mash
    • Kennington Park 
  • Latin Kings (inactive)
  • Organised Crime - 410
    • Younger OC
    • Tiny OC
  • Somerleyton / Siraq / 727
  • South Man Syndicate
    • Squeeze 4 P'z
  • 'Tulse Hill Mandem' (Upper Tulse Hill) - Up Top
  • T-Block / Trust No-1 - 86
See inactive/defunct page for 28's, Kennington Posse, Nastie Squad, Poverty Driven Children, Raiders Posse, Untouchables and more.

London Borough of Lewisham 
(SE4 / SE6 / SE8 / SE13 / SE14 / SE23 / SE26)
  • 124 (North Downham)
  • Anti-Shower
    • Catford Wildcats
    • Anti-Shower
    • Block 6
  • Black Mafia
  • Brockley Mandem
    • Younger Brockley Mandem
    • Team Brockley
    • Turnham Gang
    • Turnham Young Bucks
  • Brocktown
  • Deptford Boys
    • Young Deptford Boys
  • Deptford Marlies
    • Young Deptford Marlies
  • Ghetto Boys
    • Young Ghetto Boys
  • Hells Hustlerz
  • Monson Bloodset
    • Younger Monson Bloodset
  • Pepy's Gang Bangers
  • Shower
    • Young Shower
  • Southern Shower Syndicate
  • Strally Gang / Shankers & Gunners
  • Sydenham Mandem
    • Sydenham Young Dons
    • Hood Bangerz
  • The Money Makers
    • Young Money Makers
London Borough of Southwark 
(SE1 / SE5 / SE15 / SE17 / SE21 / SE22)
  • Bermondsey Boys
    • Berms Dont Fuck About
    • Drummond Road Boys
    • Lucey Way Boys
    • Millwall Boys
    • Necklinger Boys
    • Real Cockney Boys
  • Brooklyn
    • Brooklyn Family Riders
    • Original Brooklyn Youths
  • C-Block Bloods (see Roadside Geez)
  • Circle Gang / Dulwich Boys (Uptown)
  • Latinos Callejeros Cartel
  • Peckham Boys (Black Gang)
    • Original Peckham Boys (OPB)
    • Black Gang Ryders (BGR)
    • Spare No-1 (SN1)
    • Shoot Instant (SI) now Anti/GMG
    • Pecknarm Young Gunners (PYG) now Anti/GMG
    • Anti/GMG
    • Drugz Funz Armz (DFA)
    • Pecknarm Killaz (PK)
    • Lettsom Gz
    • Crane Block
    • Stick'em Up Klick
  • Rockingham (ROC)
  • White Gang (Dully)
  • Wooly Hood
    • Wooly Road Mandem
    • Criminally Gifted
    • Out To Ball
London Boroughs of Merton & Wandsworth 
(SW11 / SW12 / SW14 / SW15 / SW16 / SW17 / SW18 / SW19 / SW20 / CR4 / SM4)
  • 031 / O-Trey 
  • Black Gang
    • Certified Trapstarz
    • On Dis Ting
    • Sick N Twisted
  • Certified Squeezers/Cream City CS
  • Cream Cartel (Music Group)
  • Junction Boys
    • Stick'em Up Kids
    • Surrey Lane Soldiers
    • So Solid Crew (Music Group)
  • Southside / The South Line
  • Terrorzone
    • M-Town
    • ABM
  • Tooting Tamils
Other outer south gangs of note

London Borough of Bexley

  • Racist Attack
London Borough of Kingston upon Thames
  • Who Kares
    • Incredible Cambridge Estate

North West London Gangs

Below is a list of gangs, crews, urban street collectives etc. from North West London - last updated in mid-2012.

Please read the About Gangs pages in conjunction with these lists, weary of the fact 'Gangs' terminology is hugely ambiguous.

It is important to note that a wide ranging type of predominantly street gangs, or youth groups with collective identities, are listed within the site, some more serious than others. Of all groups listed that are currently active only 35% have been involved in rivalries which have resulted in murders. These gangs are located primarily in inner-city areas.

City of Westminster 

(NW1 / NW8)
  • Lisson Green Mandem
    • Older Green Manz
    • Lisson Green Manz
    • Younger Green Manz
  • Bengali Green Mans
  • Edgware Road Boys (W2)
  • Kurds Taking Over (W2)
  • Congolese Section (W2/NW8)
London Borough of Barnet 
(NW2 / NW4 / NW7 / NW9 / NW11)
  • 300 Blox Plus
    • G-Block / Brown Block
    • Street Under Kings
    • Mini Merkers
  • Thug Fam
    • D-Block
  • Thugs For Life / True Family Loyalty (TFL)
  • Street Thugs Affiliated / STA9
London Borough of Brent 
 (NW2 / NW6 / NW9 / NW10 / HA0 / HA9)
  • Church Road Soldiers
  • Crack Hill Mob
  • Harlesden Purple Gang / JBH (John Buck House)
  • Kensal Green Bloodgang (see also SMG Bloods)
  • Kilburn Bandits
    • 9 Mill Kids
    • Grind Till i Shine Mob (GTS)
  • Machine Gun Murderers (MGM)
  • Press Road Crew
  • South Kilburn
    • D-Block
    • Family About Cash
    • London Realists
    • Money Motivated Fam
  • St. Raphz Soldiers (see also SMG Bloods)
    • Young Boom Squad
  • Street Thugs Affiliated / STA9
  • Suncycle (Dancehall Music Crew)
    • Bruce Road Gang
    • Skrilla Kids (Music Crew)
  • Suspect Gang
    • Thugs of Stonebridge
    • Stonebridge Gang Bangers
    • Mob Block
    • Monks Park 
  • Thugs For Life / True Family Loyalty (TFL)
  • Wembley Fornia Dons
  • Wembley Tamils 
See inactive/defunct page for Dirty Dozen, Kickoffhead Crew, Link-Up Crew, Lock City Crew, Mus Luv Crew and others.

London Borough of Camden 
(NW1 / NW3 / NW5 / NW6 / NW8) 
  • Agar Grove / Maiden Lane
  • Bang For Grands
  • Centric Crew
    • African Nations Crew
    • The Money Squad
    • Camden Marliez
  • Cromer Street Massive
  • Cumbo Boys
    • Regent Park Estate
    • South of Camden
    • Youngers of Camden
  • Drummond Street Posse
  • P-Squad (Peckwater)
  • QC Blox (Queen's Crescent)
    • Gully Gang
    • Krucial Goons
    • Silent Movers
    • WC1
  • Sin City Fam
    • 187
    • ASA
    • LifeSet
    • Sin City / Folk Fam
    • Soldiers of Allah
  • Somers Town Boys
Other outer northwest gangs of note

London Borough of Harrow

  • Black Gang / Stay Certified Goons
  • Harrow Tamils
  • Rayners Lane / South Harrow