Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman:-
“It’s astonishing the home secretary admits that after 10 years of a Labour government, our capital is a no-go area for women at night.”
On my bus route that would be from about 6.30pm onwards in Winter. And where i used to live the gangs now have AK47s (see left for my old station in South London. Looks like an AK). I’ve said before (on the Boris post) that there are things I love about my Capital and things i loathe:-
Ellee Seymour asked a teacher she knows at Hackney Free and Parochial Seconday School about the area the Home Sec was discussing and gets a candid and eye-opening view on the violence. Ellee listed some of the incidents/ experiences the teacher encountered or heard about working and living in Hackney. (I have a friend who works as a teacher in a similar area. Add the continued threat of rape to female teachers to this bunch below and you get the idea). For example:
1). The front entrance of the school is cordoned off by the police; no one is allowed to leave the building, whilst police secure the crime scene. Two Turkish boys have used razor blades to slice the faces of two Vietnamese boys, who they had a vendetta with.
2). One of my students is sent to Feltham Youth offenders’ unit for sexually abusing younger girls and taking lewd photographs. …
3) One of my students has her face slashed with a compass, by a fellow student, on the neighbouring estate.
4) A group of our students throw a firework into a local Kebab shop, on their way home from school.
5) One of our students murders a boy from another school, outside Hackney Town Hall.
6) A student tries to attack a technology teacher with a sharp instrument during a lesson, a few weeks later he is charged with the murder of a pizza delivery man.
7) One of my students on the estate is considered a geek and is violently beaten up by fellow students and residents. His family are then subjected to continued abuse and intimidation because they did not fit in. He has a police escort to take him home every afternoon, after school. The family decide to relocate to another borough in London.
8) I hand out resources to my students; a boy has a cut on the back of his neck. I ask him how he got it; he tells me his brother stabbed him.
9) Close to where I lived on Kenworthy Road, in the space of eighteen months there are two fire arms incidents, in which two men were shot dead.
10) One of my students, wears a knife vest under his shirt. The teaching staff refer to him as a ‘proper G’ – gangster. He turned up one day to my lesson with over two hundred pounds, which he then throws up into the air and shouts out, at the top of his voice “scramble!” Only one boy is brave enough to scramble around on the floor and pick the money up.
The truth is it’s not actually safe walking in Hackney at any time of the day, particularly when the school children are being released from school, this is when the most muggings occur, and it is for this reason that there is always a heavy police presence outside all of the schools and in particularly on Mare Street, near MacDonald’s, where a lot of the trouble seems to escalate. It’s a terrible admission on Jacqui Smith’s part, especially when she is responsible for reducing crime on our streets.
She concludes: These are areas where there is a total break-down of decent values, these places are run by violent gangs, who intimidate the local community, this is why people never come forward as witnesses to crimes, because they know what the consequences will be – they’re scared. There are twenty two different gangs in Hackney and because many of the children have either absent parents or parents that are simply incapable of looking after them, the kids turn to the gangs for support and for protection against other rival gangs etc.
(hat tip on Ellee’s post Marvin)
From The Times comments:-
I am a police officer, I have 26 years experiance most of it in South East London. The Home Secretary has admitted her fear but police still walk all the streets of London. The ‘Plastics’ have had their wage rise but remember when they (2 of them) didn’t help a drowning person weeks later a police officer jumped into a swollen river to rescue a person drowning – that is the difference between police and others. Either support you local police and remember we are not responsible for prosecutions or sentences (see HM CPS and judges for that) or fear the repercusions of trendy liberals.
Personally – I favour the death penalty for crimes like rape with GBH eg acid or where a father is beaten to death for standing up to thuggish behaviour.
Do i want to carry a gun? No thanks.