Statistics show that 84 per cent of gang members are under 24 and two-thirds of those are black males.
Gangs behind a quarter of violent crime: 4,800 ‘soljas’ in London blamed for rapes, murders and shootings
158 arrests as 1,300 officers are involved in gang raids across the capital
Gang members are stuck on a ‘conveyer belt of crime’, says Met Police Assistant Commissioner
1,000 officers dedicated to tackling gang crime, they announce today
250 active gangs across London with some members aged as young as 14
Scotland Yard declared war on gangs yesterday as it emerged they are responsible for half of London’s shootings and one in seven rapes.
Police said 4,800 gangsters were to blame for almost a quarter of the capital’s serious violence, a sixth of all robberies, 16 per cent of the drug trade and 20 per cent of stabbings.
According to the crime figures, 480 rapes or 14 per cent of the 3,431 sex attacks in London every year are carried out by known gang members.
They also account for 22 per cent of serious violence, 20 per cent of stabbings and 247 out of the 547 shootings during 2011.
More than 6,200 personal robberies and 40 per cent of all commercial premises and ‘cash in transit’ thefts can also be traced back to the 4,800 criminals.
And they have been blamed for 26 per cent of aggravated burglary and 12 per cent of residential burglaries, which is equivalent to 7,650 break-ins a year. Some of the criminals responsible are as young as 14, with a third of those shot aged under 19.
Statistics show that 84 per cent of gang members are under 24 and two-thirds of those are black males. Detectives believe the number of girls joining gangs is rising, although they only represent 5 per cent of offenders.
Between 2008 and 2010, the victims of London shootings hailed from 53 different countries.
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