Gang and youth violence on the slide in Islington

Youth violence is down in Islingtonfull force of the law. Pic: Katie Collins/PA

Youth violence is down in Islingtonfull force of the law. Pic: Katie Collins/PA - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Gang and youth violence in Islington is on the slide, but more could be done to tackle the problem, according to a new report.

Figures released by the London Probation Trust (LPT) on Monday show how wounding and inflicting GBH offences by 10 to 19-year-olds are down in the borough – by 13 and 18 respectively – since 2010.

There were 18 offences of each typed carried out by that age group in 2012/13.

Islington was one of 18 boroughs considered most at risk of gang culture and targeted by a £10million Home Office campaign following the riots in the summer of 2011.

The campaign involved sharing information between criminal justice agencies and making sure youngsters at risk of homelessness or mental health problems were not sucked in to gang culture or offending behaviour.

Andrew Hillas, assistant chief officer at LPT said “We are aware that it is a small minority of gang members who commit the greatest harm.

“It is critical we work closely in partnership with local community organisations with a specialist track record of successfully helping young people leave gangs, as well as with the local police.”

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