London: New Measures To Break Gang Culture Now In Force

31 Jan

New measures aimed at breaking down gang culture in the UK have come into force.

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Under the new powers gang members could be banned from wearing distinctive colours, entering rival territory and walking aggressive dogs.

The gang injunctions will not lead to a criminal record if breached, but are designed to tackle a higher level of criminality than anti-social behaviour orders.

Launching the scheme last month, Crime Prevention Minister James 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.

“These new powers will help police and local authorities tackle local gang problems by placing tough conditions on the behaviour of individuals involved in gang-related violence and providing strong support to those who want to leave violent gangs.”

The Home Office said that under the powers, police and local authorities will be able to apply for the injunctions – which will be issued by a county court and last up to two years – for adults who have been proven to have engaged in, encouraged or assisted gang-related violence.

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