Police Reveal the "Frontline" in a London Borough: Gangs Aged 16
Figures released this week show that most victims of crime in the London Borough of Camden are targetted at 4:00 in the afternoon and have an average age of just 18. The assailants have an average age of just 16.
At a meeting on Thursday, police named some of the gangs in the area.
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Frontline’ figures expose hot spots for youth attacks
Police crime mapping shows 4pm is the time teenagers are most in danger of violence
ON the frontline stretching from Kentish Town through Chalk Farm to Mornington Crescent, zero-hour is 4pm and the average age of the combatants is 16.
New crime mapping compiled by Camden police shows a “high intensity” zone that follows Camden High Street into Chalk Farm Road and north up Ferdinand Street to Malden Road.
Within it, the average age of the victims of reported youth violence – everything from harassment to murder – is just 18.
A breakdown of the timing of attacks on the young shows that the streets across Camden are at their most dangerous not in the dark of night, but in the bustle of the hometime hour, with the peak of the violence occurring at 4pm.
Last night, acting Superintendent Paul Morris was typically open.
He defied taboo by naming some of Camden’s so-called gangs – the Silent Movers, the Centric Crew, the ANC, Camden Militants, the TMS – and outlined the challenges the police face: a lack of willingness to take responsibility on the part of parents who refuse to believe their children are in trouble, communities who seek to deflect the blame and an escalation in the levels of “acceptable violence”. CAMDEN NEW JOURNAL