This blog is all that remains from the former website which was closed after 8 years of providing a 'wiki' of urban street gangs in London.

An unfinished history of modern urban street gangs in London has been used to replace some of the content of the original site, beginning here

Friday, 24 May 2013

Prisoner to the Streets FREE TICKETS CALL/EMAIL Details

Due to popular demand Prisoner to the Streets will be extending the book launch tour and brining it back to where it all started!

Place to be: Hackney Empire

Time: 16:30 till 20:00 / 4:30pm to 8:00pm

Date: 9th June 2013

Join Robyn Travis and many other special guests as they break down what it means to be a Prisoner to the Streets!

Tickets are FREE but please book online or by phone, or in person at the Hackney Empire.

I'm told tickets are going fast, so I would advise you to call and put your name down for a FREE tickets on:

0208-985-2424 or book online using the following details

Please try to arrive early on the day!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

New Channel 4 Series

Please see below details e-mailed to

I am contacting you regarding an exciting new Channel 4 show I am working on at Remarkable Television (makers of Supersize v Superskinny and The Sex Education Show). This prime-time series will feature members of the public who wish to reverse beauty decisions they now regret or feel that they have outgrown, from cosmetic surgery and tattoos to permanent make-up or piercings, we will look at all cases.

We are hoping that you may be willing to assist us with spreading the word about the series? We are looking for men and women that have changed their lives, possibly ex-offenders or gang- members, who wish to remove the cosmetic links to their past whether it be tattoos, piercings, tooth modifications etc.

We are also looking for people from all walks of life with a tattoo that they got on the spur of the moment, due to peer pressure, perhaps it’s a tattoo of an ex- partner’s name, an idol, football club, an oriental tattoo that doesn’t perhaps mean what they thought – it can be anything at all! We’re keen to hear from people who want the tattoo removed and about the reasons behind having the tattoo back then, the motivation behind removing it now and observing the reversal procedure. Our aim is to demonstrate that past cosmetic decisions can be reversed to differing extents and the safest and most effective ways to research and having this procedures ‘undone’. We are working with leading practitioners who will be using the latest techniques to reverse these tattoos.

I would be very grateful if you could pass on this information and I have also attached a flyer. I would be delighted to hear from anybody interested in potentially taking part – they can contact me on 020 8222 4034 or email me at and leave their phone number or reach the team by calling/emailing the contact details on the flyer. There would be no obligation to take part by having an initial phone call.

If you have any further enquiries please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,


David Kirkham 
Casting Researcher 
Remarkable Television an Endemol Company 
Shepherds Building Central | Charecroft Way | Shepherds Bush | London W14 0EE 
Tel: 0208 222 4034

Young People and the Police

Posted at request of: 
Triple Helix Training
3 Talisman Square, London SE26 6XY

Tel: 0208-133-3168 / Mobile: 07957210924

Young People and the Police

27th June 2013

1pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Stratford Advice Arcade

The course aims to give an overview of the legal system as it relates to young people and the committal of offences. It also aims to enable practitioners to work confidently with young people who may have offending history and provides an overview of the different types of offence, sentences and alternative outcomes for offenders.

Topics Covered:

  • Types of offences
  • Sentencing options
  • Stop and search
  • New Government initiatives
  • Alternatives to conviction
  • Procedure from arrest to outcome
Who should attend this course:

This course is suitable for practitioners including Youth workers, Personal Advisers, Teachers and those who advise and support young people, who need an understanding of the Law as it relates to young people.


  • At the end of the course participants will be able to:
  • Identify the different types of offences
  • Advise young people on likely sentencing outcome
  • Advice young people of their rights when stopped by a police
  • Access support for young people who have committed offences
  • Work in partnership with organisations to provide a better outcome for young offenders
Cost: £50

Booking: Please book on line:

Working with gang-associated young women & girls

Posted at request of: 
Triple Helix Training
3 Talisman Square, London SE26 6XY
Tel: 0208-133-3168 / Mobile: 07957210924

Working with gang-associated young women & girls

24th June 2013
10am to 4pm
Location: Stratford Advice Arcade

Course Description:

There is wide recognition of the need to develop separate strategies to work with gang associated young women and girls who can be both victims and perpetrators of gang related crime.

This interactive workshop is geared towards increasing the knowledge and raising the awareness for workers and organisations that intend or currently working with girls in or associated with gangs. The session will explore some of the issues when working with girl gangs.

Target Audience:

Practitioners working with young women who are in gangs, influenced by them or who are victims of girl gangs. Practitioners working generally around Girls issues or in gang work.

Topics covered during the workshop will include:

  • What is a gang? Why do girls/young women join gangs?
  • Roles girls and young women play in a gang
  • Girls as perpetrators and as victims
  • The rise in girl gangs
  • Raising awareness of issues facing youth workers, when working with girls in gangs
  • Society and stereotypes
  • Examples of good practice of work with girls in gangs
  • Policy update
Learning outcomes
  • By the end of the course participants will:
  • Have an understanding of why girls and young women join gangs
  • Be aware of the roles that girls and young women play within those gangs.
  • Have an understanding of how gangs are structured
  • Have an understanding of skills required to work with girl and young women involved in gangs
  • Be aware of current Government policy in this area and current related initiatives
Cost: £98

Working with Young People in Gangs: Culture, Communities and Preventative Strategies

Posted at request of: 
Triple Helix Training
3 Talisman Square, London SE26 6XY
Tel: 0208-133-3168 / Mobile: 07957210924

Working with Young People in Gangs: Culture, Communities and Preventative Strategies

29th May 2013

9.30am – 4.30pm

Venue: Oval House, Kennington Oval, SE11


  • Utilising information gained from studies made by the Home Office, Police Forces in the UK and abroad, and street level experience in the field, this program aims to:
  • Understand how UK gang culture has developed
  • Understand how to replicate good practice in working with communities on how to deal or prevent gang influences
  • Understand how a young person's sense of self-identity can be related to gang culture
  • Understand how to use referral routes and coping strategies and signposting those affected, offering young people an alternative to gang culture
Target group:

The course is useful for those in Schools, Youth Work, Housing offices, The Police, Mentors, Social Workers, Foster Carers and others who work with young people, in, or at risk of involvement with gangs.

  • Gang culture and identity 
  • How gang culture is developed
  • Strategies for working with young people involved in gangs
  • Government policy
  • The Criminal Justice system and gangs
  • Working with communities to tackle gang culture
  • Models of good practice

An understanding of:
  • UK gang development, and the impact on communities
  • Gang structures
  • Risks and Risk assessments
  • Referral pathways
  • How self-identity can be shaped and defined by gang membership
  • How self-identity can be re-defined to move young people away from gang culture
Cost: £98 per person.

How to join:

Please book online:

Friday, 10 May 2013

Tottenham man turned his life around with help from The Prince's Trust


3:50pm Friday 10th May 2013 in By Michael Pickard

Jesse Peters founded Youth Prospects with help from The Prince's Trust

When Jesse Peters was sent to prison, it was the "lowest point" of his life.

But 13 years later, he is the founder of a successful youth organisation he established with help from The Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise programme.

The charity scheme, which is marking its 30th anniversary, supports young people hoping to set up their own businesses by providing low-interest loans and free mentoring assistance.

Here, Jesse, 33, from Tottenham, explains how The Prince’s Trust helped him turn his life around:

“Growing up in a single-parent family in Tottenham, my brother and I didn’t always have a lot. My mum was amazing and worked full-time to make sure we had a good place to live. She had several promotions at work and eventually became head of her department. Life was good thanks to her and I felt confident about my future.

“However, as a teenager I started hanging around with the wrong crowd and got mixed up in the gang culture that was around at the time. At the age of 20, I was sentenced to prison for 15 months. It was the lowest point in my life and I felt like I had let myself down completely.

“In prison I knew I had a choice to make – carry on the way I was or do something else. I realised I was wasting my life and that I didn’t have to be involved in gang culture to be a success. I knew deep down that I could make a change in my life if I was given the opportunity to prove myself.

“From my experiences in Haringey, many young people in the area didn’t have support at home so looked to get it from gangs instead. I wanted to provide a place where young people could get support through sport and could focus on making themselves successful.

“It was in prison that I came across two women from The Prince’s Trust. They were running a course called the Enterprise programme, which helps young people get the support and funding to start their own business.

“I was released from prison after eight months and it was then I set about changing my life. With the support I received from The Prince’s Trust I wrote a business plan to start a local youth organisation.

“The aim was to engage young people through sport to keep them off the streets and away from crime, while giving them the skills to better their lives. Thanks to a loan and a business mentor I received from the trust, my dream became a reality when the Haringey Warriors Youth Organisation launched at the Selby Centre in Tottenham in 2001.

“The organisation initially focused on engaging young people in Haringey through one of my big passions – basketball. The basketball team we set up was a big success and as a result, we managed to get further funding to employ people so we could run other sports teams. Not only do we run boys and girls’ basketball teams, we now also run dance classes.

“However, the organisation is not only about sport. More importantly, we also run programmes and workshops to teach young people life skills while building up their confidence and self-esteem so they can find education and work and hope to change their lives for the better.

“In 2010, we changed our name to Youth Prospects to better reflect the work we do and thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund, we have grown as an organisation supporting youngsters in seven London boroughs, as well as Essex.

“Looking back, The Prince’s Trust gave me a chance to change my life and if it wasn’t for them I really don’t know where I would be now. I now have a fantastic business and a future I could never have imagined 13 years ago. I now hope Youth Prospects can continue helping young people for years to come.”

The Prince’s Trust is launching an online high street – Enterprise Avenue – on its website to map Prince’s Trust businesses across the UK.

If your business was supported by The Prince's Trust, go to to get your business on the map.


Thursday, 9 May 2013

Iain Duncan Smith to visit Walthamstow gang centre tomorrow

This Is Local London

12:34pm Thursday 9th May 2013 in By Zac Norman

Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith will visit Walthamstow tomorrow for his first visit to a new office of a gang mediation organisation of which he is patron.

Gangs Unite, a community interest company based in South Grove, provides gang mediation, high-risk conflict resolution and mentoring through methods such as sport and performing arts.

The office, which is provided by the council, operates to support the young people most at risk of anti-social behaviour and gang culture.

Mr Duncan Smith said: “I am very proud to be a Patron of Gangs Unite.

“They are a remarkable new organisation which has been very effective in helping to pull gang members out and offer them an alternative to a life of crime.”

Gangs Unite is run by Colin James who was a gang member in the 1980s and has served time in prison for armed robbery and GBH with intent.

Mr James said: “Iain being the patron has been good because of his former position when he established the Centre for Social Justice – gangs are close to his heart so it’s only right he became our patron.

“His experience and his support have been helpful.”

Mr James decided to turn his life around after he got out of prison and his family got him involved in church.

The MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, who is Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has been patron of Gangs Unite since it opened in 2011.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Mayor's Mentoring Recruitment

The Mayor's Mentoring Recruitment event will take place next Friday 10th May

The aim of the Mayor’s Mentoring Programme is to provide mentor relationships (lasting 12 months) to 1,000 marginalised black boys aged 10-16 across eight London boroughs (Brent, Croydon, Hackney, Haringey, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Waltham Forest) to support them to make positive life choices. 

Entrance to the event will be by invitation ONLY, please send your full name, email address and contact number to (or send via DM on Twitter @LSGDOTCOM)

The event will take place at

City Hall
The Queen's Walk
London SE1 2AA
Time: 6:00pm-8:15pm

Gang databases result in 'stop and search by association'

Children & Young People Now

By Neil Puffett, Thursday 02 May 2013

Police databases of gang members are contributing to young people being stopped and searched based on who they hang out with and the colour of their skin, an academic has found.

Medina has called for more transparency on stop-and-search data. Image: Robin Hammond

Research by Juanjo Medina, a criminologist at The University of Manchester, found that a young person is more likely to be stopped because they are black or associate with people known to the police rather than the frequency or severity of their offending.

Historical data has shown more young black and minority ethnic (BME) men are stopped than their white counterparts, but it was thought that this may be down to a higher BME population in “crime hotspot” areas.

But Medina’s study found that even when demographic factors, area characteristics and the amount of time young people spent on the street were taken into account, young black and ethnic minority people are still disproportionately targeted.

He has called for more transparency on stop-and-search data, suggesting that the location of stop and searches should be published on online crime maps.

“This would allow for greater democratic accountability and public monitoring of the way these powers are used,” he said.

He added that “intelligence products”, such as databases of gang members and associates are subject to little quality or legal control and can result in certain groups being more likely to be stopped.

“These [products] are likely to magnify the disparate treatment of those that have offended in the past or happen to be friends or family members of individuals engaged in offending and known to the police.

“There is indeed clear evidence of ‘policing by association’ in that, in practice, intelligence-led policing means that hanging out with the ‘wrong crowd’ is likely to exacerbate the chances that a young person is going to be approached by the police regardless of their own level of offending.

“Our findings suggest the need to better regulate these intelligence practices and products.”

Stop and search has long been a controversial police tool and its disproportionate use on young black men has been highlighted as a potential factor in the over-representation of black and ethnic minority children in custody.

In January last year the Met Police announced it would take a more "intelligence-led and targeted" approach in an attempt to reduce its use and improve relations with the black community.