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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:53 pm

Gangs in the escalating knife war on London streets are awarding POINTS for stabbings with bigger crimes leading to higher scores

Children as young as nine are said to be playing the sick game known as 'Scores'

Former gang member Chris Preddie said it is like moving up ranks in the military

Gang rivalry on social media is believed to be fuelling urban violence in London


Children as young as nine are playing a sick game called ‘Scores’ where they win points for stabbing people and committing crime, according to a former gang member.

The competition between rival gangs bidding to outdo each other by boasting of their gruesome handiwork on social media is believed to be a major factor fuelling the recent explosion in urban violence, particularly in London.

‘The bigger the crime the higher the points, the more and more you do something the more and more rep [reputation] you get, the more you get ranked up,’ said Chris Preddie, a former gang member who has been awarded the OBE for his work with young offenders.

He compared the system of gaining kudos to moving up through ranks in the military, adding: ‘If you’re a kid and you go up the ranks you become a leader. Now he’s controlling 15-20 kids, telling them what to do.’

An informal ‘tariff’ of crimes goes from low-level items such as invading a rival gang’s territory to stabbing someone and ultimately up to murder.

In a sadistic twist, more points are awarded if the knife is inserted all the way up to the hilt or if the victim is stabbed in the face or another area where a scar will be visible.

Mr Preddie said gang members send bragging messages on Snapchat or other social media to each other with videos of the violent acts accompanied by coded emojis signifying the particular crime.

‘It’s for everything you can think of from petty theft to phone-snatching to gang-related incidents,’ he said.

‘You don’t see the scores but you see them posing with the knives and with the big money… that’s part of the points system. It’s a systemised culture.’

Mr Preddie, 30, also blamed ‘Drill’ music for glamorising the violence.

The variant of gangster rap features masked performers rapping about drugs, shootings and stabbings.

He said social media had transformed gang culture beyond recognition since his own youth.

‘If a child in Slough has suddenly found out about Scores, he’s found it through YouTube,’ he said.

‘These Drill rappers have massive platforms to inform the minds of young people.’

He called on the big tech companies to police their output better, saying: ‘We’ve got to say to ourselves we’ve got an epidemic on our hands.

'We’ve got young people running around stabbing each other but how come Facebook and YouTube and Snapchat are allowing us to watch a young person dying on our streets? How come that video’s not been taken down?’

His comments came as Met Commissioner Cressida Dick sent 300 extra officers on to the streets of London this weekend to combat the violence which has seen murder rates higher than New York in February and March.

Some 56 murder investigations have been launched in the capital this year already.

Father-of-two Mr Preddie, who founded an organisation called Make Dreams Reality, said gang members had told him they felt they had no option but to join – even ‘year five primary school pupils as young as nine or ten.

‘They say, “I’d rather be in a gang than not in a gang. If I’m not in a gang it doesn’t matter, I’ll get killed anyway. If you’re under the age of 25 you’re automatically involved.” ’

He added: ‘You could be from Tottenham and you could be walking down Wood Green and a guy comes up to you – he’s not going to stop you and say, “sorry mate, are you part of the Tottenham gang?”

‘If he doesn’t recognise you, he’s just going to stab you. You’re collateral damage because of your area. How is it their fault where they live?

'When I was growing up in North London, if I had a beef with anyone [from South London] I would have to go to South London and physically see that person.

‘Now I can be in my area and cuss South London and put that on social media and within hours thousands of people will have seen it. How do you think that guy’s going to feel? – he’s going to have to respond.’

This can be via social media, or can in some cases may lead to a physical attack.

Mail on Sunday reporters found no shortage of videos posted on YouTube, apparently by gang members, boasting of stabbings or incursions into rival turfs, and often referring to the Scores system.

After bragging about committing a ‘splash’ [slang for stabbing or shooting] one man smirks: ‘What’s that – another point, lads?’

Google is now looking for experts on London slang in a bid to wipe out threatening gang videos from YouTube, The MoS has learned.

Last night, the US tech firm said it was recruiting people who could decipher the language used by British gang members which might be hiding threats of violence.

Videos hosted on YouTube are said to be one of the key forces glamorising gang culture in this country, including slickly edited music videos which feature singers boasting of stabbing enemies.

Many of these channels are ‘monetised’ by Google allowing the gang members featured to profit from advertising shown when the videos are viewed.

The Metropolitan Police have put together a database tracking more than 600 suspected gangsters that feature in 1,100 YouTube videos, many of them music videos.

YouTube has been asked to remove some of this content – but the web giant has refused more than a third of such requests.

A source within the company has however revealed that any video found to feature knives being ‘brandished’ will be taken down.

YouTube said: ‘We share the concern about the recent violence in London and obviously do not want YouTube used to provoke violence.

‘We work with the Metropolitan Police, The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, the Home Office, and community groups to gather intelligence so we can understand where a song lyric that might seem innocent without context is in fact a threat of violence.’

Facebook referred the MoS to its ‘community standards’, which state: ‘We prohibit the use of Facebook to facilitate or organise criminal activity… We also prohibit you from celebrating any crime.’

Snapchat declined to comment.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:08 am

One of Britain's most senior judges warns of tougher knife crime punishments as he jails killer
for 26 years for stabbing an accountancy graduate to death during a 3am nightclub brawl


    Jordan Ross knifed in the neck during a champagne fueled brawl in Manchester

    Dorian Graham, 30, pulled out a flick knife during a large fight in a cocktail club

    It is thought Mr Ross was targeted because of his Birmingham roots, court heard

    Judge David Stockdale condemned Graham as a 'coward' as he jailed him for life

    The QC added: 'There will be no sympathy for those who commit knife crime
    '

One of Britain's most senior judges has warned of tougher sentences for knife crime as he jailed a killer for 26 years for stabbing an accountancy graduate to death.

Victim Jordan Ross, 24, was knifed in the neck during a champagne fueled brawl in Manchester after he was targeted because of his Birmingham roots.

Dorian Graham, 30, had earlier sneaked a flick knife into the club but then produced pulled it out when a fire alarm sparked large-scale fighting at around 3am.

The court heard how men and women were throwing pint glasses, chairs and other furniture at each other during the melee inside Suburbia Cocktail club.

As staff attempted to evacuate the basement bar, Graham emerged from behind a wall and lunged at Mr Ross in a 'split second' unprovoked attack.

Graham, from Old Trafford, Manchester, then stabbed another man at random multiple times before leaving him for dead and fleeing the scene.

Mr Ross, from Handsworth, was seen clutching his neck before staggering out of the venue.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:39 pm

'We are living in a war zone'
Readers react to double stabbing at Croydon's Whitgift Centre

There have been calls for national service and curfews for under 18s but also for parents to do more to stop their children getting caught up in knife crime

Some have been shocked.

Sadly most, though, haven't been.

Another two stabbings in Croydon - this time inside the town's main shopping centre - have been greeted with a mixture of disgust and dismay.

So many youths are falling victim to knife crime that most residents are no longer surprised to see a police cordon. No longer surprised to read about another stabbing. Not even surprised that it should happen inside a shopping centre.

Our readers have been giving their reaction on Facebook to the double stabbing, with some suggesting what should be done to bring this epidemic under control.

Thomas Bowell would like to see national service brought back.

He wrote: "Our government has failed young people and society by cutting youth clubs, mental health services and police.

"Although what is really needed is a better, more joined up approach - more TARGETED stop & search and compulsory 16 to 18 national service, focusing more on skills and employment."

Oliver Mo'Brien believes parents needs to take more responsibility for their children's actions.

He wrote: "They need to start naming and shaming the parents who raise these monsters. Maybe it'll knock some responsibility into them.

"Or if the child joins a gang they're immediately put into foster care and the parents are banned from having children."

Margaret Hansen agreed that parents have to lead the fight.

She wrote: "It’s bloody ridiculous. Everyone spouts on about everyone else sorting the problem out! It starts at home and it should be as it was way back, it’s down to the parents. Fix your family, stop leaving it to everyone else."

It has been hoped that the planned transformation of the Whitgift Centre into a new Westfield super mall would have a positive impact on some of Croydon's issues but Paul Crockford is not convinced.

He wrote: "Instead of spending God knows how much money on a new Whitgift Centre, how about you invest that money in the youth? Offer them different directions and opportunities to stay away from just dossing around the street."

Chanel Whyte suggested children should be stopped from going out after a certain time.

She wrote: "Kids killing kids, [it] needs to stop. I think we should put a curfew on under 18s."

Some who no longer live in Croydon despaired at what is happening where they used to live.

Mandy McCartney wrote: "What is going on in my hometown? Since I've moved from there in 2010 things have seriously changed.

"People were friendly, neighbours were there for you.

"Even shopping in the town was nice and nightlife was good. Now it's a war zone with us mothers losing our children to knife and gun crimes. I'm glad I moved and would never move back. Mothers please know where your children are and keep them safe."

Perhaps the most common comment, though, has been that this wave of violence simply has to stop.

Katie Allen wrote: "It's heartbreaking! I worry about my boys every second. This HAS to stop!! As parents, we need to take control!"

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:04 am

Man dies after 'street fight' in Morden

A man has died following a serious assault in south-west London.

Police found the man collapsed on London Road, Morden, on 19 April. The 32-year-old was taken to hospital, where he died the next day.

The victim was involved in a street fight with a man before his death, police said. A post-mortem examination will be held later today.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday and remains in custody.

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Re: London becoming a WAR ZONE as BLACK deaths increase

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:06 am

Man, 20, dies in Finsbury Park stabbing

A 20-year-old man has been stabbed to death in north London.

Police were called to Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, just after 03:00 BST and found two men with stab wounds a short distance from each other.

Despite the efforts of medics, one was pronounced dead in nearby Roth Walk.

The second man, 21, was taken to hospital before being discharged. He was later arrested on suspicion of murder, possession of an offensive weapon and affray.

He remains in custody at a north London police station.
'Deeply saddened'

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "At this early stage it is believed both males had been involved in an altercation involving a number of other people in the area of Roth Walk prior to the emergency services being called."

The dead man has yet to be formally identified but his next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination is due to take place.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan posted online about the killing, saying he was "deeply saddened" by "another life unnecessarily lost to violent crime on our streets".

He said: "The Met Police are using extra City Hall resources to fight this scourge and to remove violent criminals and weapons from the streets."

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