New powers to tackle gang culture in UK

| 31/01/2011

(The Guardian): Gang members could be banned from wearing distinctive colours or entering rival territory under new powers coming into force today. Gang injunctions will aim to break down gang culture and also give civil courts the power to ban people from going out in public with dogs that have been used as weapons, James Brokenshire, the crime prevention minister, said. The powers will tackle a "higher level of criminality" than antisocial behaviour orders (Asbos), but will not lead to a criminal record if breached. Announcing the new measures last month, Brokenshire said: "Gangs cause significant and lasting harm to our communities through fuelling violence, creating an atmosphere of fear and drawing young people into criminality."

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  1. Anonymous says:

    So the UK cops will now validate the gangs by delineating neighbourhood territory and de-criminalizing the usual consequences?  Let’s hope this is not our future template!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Report this after it has been shown to work, otherwise it’s just another politician trying to get some air time and another useless overfunded expensive initiative of the type the UK loves so much. That’swhy they’re broke.

    I think the gangs already do a pretty good job of preventing rival gangs from entering their territory and are going to be a lot more vigilant and responsive than the UK police.

    In true UK style what will happen is that businessmen will be stopped on the way to work because their tie is the wrong colour; pensioners will be told to stop walking their dogs; the gangs will carry on exactly the same; the whole thing will cost 4.8 billion pounds and then in a couple of years another politician will proudly announce that the scheme is being scrapped because it doesn’t work and an exciting new scheme is being launched to target a higher level of criminality….

  3. Michel Lemay says:

    I personnaly think that would not yet be useful for us. Gangs first need to be identified, some members caught and convicted, guns confisticated,gand leaders known or exposed. Then the wearing of colors( which color for which area or group). And for that we need experts and intelligence and infiltration.

  4. Concerned says:

    cAYMAN needs to pass these laws too.

    • Anonymous says:

      Good idea, but unfortunately it won’t happen, because focus is on digging channels, building docks, marina’s etc.

      Focus is NOT on the well being of the people.