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.

Goldie: 'I was waiting with a shotgun, ready to do this bird's geezer'

Bikram Yoga makes me feel 19 again I used to go on tour, get shit-faced after gigs then pass out. Now I just perform, and the next morning I'm like, "Where's the nearest yoga studio?" Physically you see a lot of changes, but it's the energy I have that's so amazing. I did an early-morning session recently and Ozzy [Osborne] was there and I thought, "Who would have thought 10 years later we'd be in a yoga studio at 7am?"

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

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Step Up 2 The Streets (PG)

Not so much a sequel to Step Up as a rehash: once again, a cross-the-tracks romance between breakdancing white trash and upper-crust ballet snob is enlivened by a smattering of gang violence and rather too many shots of young people spinning around on their heads.

Straw pledges new deal for packed jails

Jack Straw has ordered a crackdown on drug abuse in jails and improved training for inmates in an attempt to ease the impact of overcrowding. Ministers disclosed that more than 16,000 offenders have already been released early to free space.