By Steve Hackman
Britain is in the middle of an explosion of gang crime. younger males armed with weapons and knives are locked in lethal 'postcode' feuds. The kill, maim and rob, and carry whole groups of their grip.
When pupil Steve Hackman was once imprisoned for drug-dealing, he discovered himself surrounded be this new breed of gangbanger. He seized the chance to delve into their risky global and discover the reality approximately their lives. With first-hand study and interviews, he chronicles the present new release of violent crews, from significant conurbations reminiscent of London, Manchester and Glasgow, to smaller cities and towns akin to Halifax, Lancaster and Preston.
With bills of the lawless exploits of mobs similar to the fireplace city staff, the Fallowfield guy Dem, the Demolition workforce, the Burger Bar Boys and the terrifying Shielders, younger weapons is a stunning trip into the stark truth of gang lifestyles at the present time.
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On one side were the heroin-addicted Ullah and his two associates, who believed that Divers was planning to kidnap them to learn the location of their boss and drug supplier. On the other side, were Divers and his firm, who were thought to have specialised in robbing drug dealers. Fearing for his safety, Ullah had got his retaliation in first by firing a sawn-off shotgun through the window of Divers’ car. He then jumped into a getaway car, driven by Smith, and the two men sped away. Kevin Smith pleaded not guilty but was convicted and jailed for eighteen years for his part in the killing.
He was shot in the head at a recreation area in Pitsmoor. Matondo was a known member of the S3 gang. He had arrived in Sheffield from the Democratic Republic of Congo at the age of six, relocating to what his family thought would be a safer environment. Although it was a distinct improvement on the Congo, Pitsmoor was still not an easy place to live. Thirteen-year-olds delivered drugs on pedal bikes and teenage boys carried guns for protection. Matondo got caught up in the gun and gang culture of the area: he was part of a group of teenagers that would listen to violent rap songs and attempt to emulate what they heard.
They fail to fit the stereotype set by the infamous Bloods and Crips of America and tend to pass below the radar. White-on-white gang violence appears to be frequently under-reported. There are white street gangs scattered all over Sheffield. There are the S8 ‘Boyz’ from Batemoor, Greenhill, Lowedges, Meadowhead, Jordanthorpe and Woodseats; the S6 Crew from Fox Hill; the Shirecliffe Boys; the Birley Boys; the Parson Cross Crew and no doubt others. They are often portrayed as ‘troublemakers’ rather than crooks and their behaviour described as ‘antisocial’ rather than criminal.