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Gang Violence

Team that keeps gangs apart faces new threat - lack of cash

Civilian mediators have been sent into prisons across Britain to dissuade senior gang members from organising tit-for-tat attacks on rivals to prevent violence spreading on the streets of the capital, the head of the project has told The Independent.

Government was warned that jails could not cope with gangs

Britain's prisons and young offenders' institutions do not have the policies in place to deal with the influx of young gang members who will be locked up in the coming months, according to a damning report given to ministers a year ago.

Theresa May hits back in riot policing row

Home Secretary Theresa May hit back at senior police chiefs over political criticism of their initial riot response, insisting it was her job to tell forces "what the public want them to do".

Did film director die for his art?

Christian Poveda made a documentary about the brutal gangs of El Salvador, then was found shot through the head in the front seat of a car

Killer of Rhys Jones jailed for 22 years

A teenage gunman who shot dead Rhys Jones – the youngest ever victim of gang violence in Britain – was beginning a life sentence last night after being convicted of murder. A judge recommended that Sean Mercer, 18, should serve a minimum of 22 years.

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