Apparently it's bad blogging form to just post up a link to an article elsewhere and then give a few opinionated comments about it.
It's Friday and I'm waiting for some work to finish so I'll do it anyway.
According to the BBC, click here, the Police are to hold talks with several south London gangs. Greenwich is one of the Councils involved.
Now on the one hand it's worked in America so there's got to be something to it.
On the other is it just giving the little scruts the attention, profile and "respect" that some say they are after? Without the guns and violence the closest those gang members would get to a senior police officer would be passing them by in the Police Station as they're dragged to the cells for stealing cheap cider from Morrisons. So they listen to some big guy rapping about rolling with his gun packing homies, think they're in down town LA rather than SE7 and start popping caps in peoples bottoms.
So anyway you end up with feral children with no hopes or dreams, other than perhaps to end up as another "fallen soldier" when someone from the postcode next door takes a dislike to them. Then they begin to get attention and one to one chats with big and important people. Is that really going to encourage them to stop playing silly sods or will it just reward them and incite them to keep on doing what they do?
I also wonder how bad the gang situation really is? Is it really that serious or is it just the latest thing that the media like to go on about?
There's meant to be the gang at the top of the hill, the Cherry Boys, and Woolwich has a few too. There's also been one incident of gun shots within a couple of minutes walk from me. I can say that I'm hearing about it far more now than I used to but I don't think I'm actually seeing any more evidence of it.
I still feel pretty safe around here and toddle around without too much concern. Head in the sand?