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Gangs in Brent Report

Teenage gang members are being ordered to carry out burglaries as an initiation rite, according to a new report.
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Taskforce aims to stop teenagers on notorious estate going off the rails

Children as young as eight will be monitored for "signs of gang behaviour" following warnings that a generation of Londoners could be lost to street violence.
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Young girls exploited by gangs in Brent

WORRYING anecdotal evidence presented in a report by the partnership and place overview and scrutiny committee’s task group suggests that girls are at risk from gangs in the borough.
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Brent youths discuss gang culture

A GROUP of Brent youths took part in a candid discussion about youth violence in front of their peers and politicians.
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Brent youths air their views on crime and gang culture blighting the borough

Youths in Brent were given a platform to air their views on crime amongst youths and gang culture as part of an MPs campaign to call for a mayor who will address the issue.
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Gangs and Youth Violence (2011 Riots)

I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity of the debate today, which I secured for two reasons. First, given that the riots of 2011 were so dramatic and one of the most momentous events in modern British history.
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Teenage gang members 'carry out burglaries as initiation'

Teenage gang members are being ordered to carry out burglaries as an initiation rite, according to a new report.
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Boxing GCSE to give kids hope

A COMMUNITY boxing club is to offer troubled teenagers a GCSE in the sport. Stonebridge Boxing Club will be one of the first clubs in the country to provide the course and the first in Brent. It will be aimed at young people who have struggled in mainstream education.
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Boxer Amir Khan visits Stonebridge Boxing Club

Former boxing world champion Amir Khan returned to a sports club in Stonebridge yesterday three years after it fought off a closure threat.
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The Brent Magazine issue 111 February 2011

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Stonebridge family facing homelessness following changes to housing benefit payments

A mother whose housing benefit will be capped as a result of changes by central government says she is considering leaving the borough because she will no longer be able to afford her rent.
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Council tenants in Brent face 40-year wait for new kitchens and bathrooms

Thousands of council managed homes in the borough could go almost 40-years without vital upgrades being made to them to ensure tenants have a decent standard of living.
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Residents on Neasden housing estate ‘living in fear’ of robberies and burglaries

Terrified residents have claimed they are ‘living in fear’ of gangs and youths following a sharp increase in robberies and burglaries on their estate.
In the last year Brent has seen a seven per cent rise in cases, placing it within the top ten in London and the highest of surrounding boroughs, figures from Brent Council reveal.
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London threatened by tsunami of homeless, says Big Issue founder

London faces a "tsunami" of homelessness because of government cuts, The Big Issue's founder has warned.
John Bird made the prediction at a debate on the future of rough sleepers in the capital and on whether Boris Johnson's target of eliminating the problem by 2012 was on track.
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Rise in number of GP surgery complaints

Complaints from patients about GP surgeries in Brent have shot up by nearly 50 per cent, figures reveal.
Brent had the third largest increase out of all 33 London boroughs for complaints received about care within the last year.
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Youth crime rises in Brent

The number of youths aged 10-17 who are being convicted of criminal offences in the borough has increased, figures reveal.
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Brent Council left with £1million Freedom Pass bill

Town hall bosses have been left with a £1million bill after Mayor of London Boris Johnson failed to increase the borough’s funding for Freedom Passes. Brent Council needs the seven-figure sum to plug the gap caused by an increase in travel costs while funding for the concessionary scheme remaining the same.
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Beyond the ‘council of doom’

The economic crisis has increased the need for leaner and more efficient public services. For the coalition the financial climate is all doom and gloom, but for Labour it can be bright and local.
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Responses to gang culture: The need for localised strategies

Recently, 14 members of the ‘Thugs of Stonebridge’ gang were arrested in my ward as part of Operation Serpentine, the Metropolitan Police’s anti-gang initiative.
The arrests were a timely reminder that even after £250m of regeneration investment from the last Labour government, the dark shadows of guns and gangs still hang over the notorious Stonebridge estate, formerly an address to which you couldn’t get a pizza delivered.
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Gangs, guns and BMX bikes

—It was just another ordinary Monday. Schoolchildren were making their way home, joined by the many workers returning home on an early September evening. The sky still bright and pleasant was suddenly disturbed by the sound of gunshots being fired across the sprawling Stonebridge estate. Two men had just been shot and lay in the middle of the road. Rumours began that the shooting was by a rival gang from another estate in retaliation for an earlier incident.
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Six days in August

It was six days in August. The summer of 2011 will forever be synonymous with some of the worst rioting the country has ever experienced. The shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham ignited riots across England, from London to Manchester and beyond.
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Guns, gangs and grime

As we stood in the boxing club overlooking the sprawling Stonebridge estate, Lefty, a former member of the Suspect Gang looked over at me, “Despite all the horror, the poverty and suffering, we will always defend Stonebridge, we will always be Stonebridge.” The estate has over the years become synonymous with some of the worst street violence ever seen as guns and gangs vied for control of the lucrative Crack Cocaine trade.
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The people of Brent are at the end of their Teather

Like the prodigal son, the self-styled ‘Saint’ Sarah Teather of Brent Central declared she was returning to spend more time in her constituency after being banished to the backbenches during this week’s reshuffle kerfuffle.
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Stonebridge Boxing Club gets early visit from Santa

CHRISTMAS came early for a community boxing club on the brink of collapse after a series of backers came to the rescue.
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Amir Khan visits Stonebridge Boxing Club, Winchelsea Road, Stonebridge

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Great news for boxing club that's a sanctuary for young people

CHRISTMAS has came early for a boxing club in Stonebridge which has fought back from the brink of closure thanks to a campaign begun by the Observer.
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World champion visits Stonebridge boxing club

Boxing champion Amir Khan visits Stonebridge Boxing Club for one night only
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Boxing champ Khan backs campaign to save Stonebridge club

WORLD boxing champion, Amir Khan, is throwing his weight behind a campaign to save a popular boxing club from closing.
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Amir Khan supports fight to save boxing club in Stonebridge

World champ Amir Khan took time out of his busy schedule yesterday (Tuesday) to lend his support to a community boxing club struggling for survival. Stonebridge Boxing Club, in Winchelsea Road, Stonebridge, has two months to come up with funding to cover
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Brent residents urged to fill in the census

A councillor is urging residents to fill in the census as he warns that Brent is losing out on an estimated £20milion a year in Government grants because its population has been underestimated.
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Campaign launched to tackle youth unemployment in Brent

Youngsters were given an insightful talk by two journalists to at the launch of a campaign which tackles youth unemployment in the Brent.
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‘It was the best week of my life’ - Brent schoolkids give thumbs-up to Eton schooling experience

Those were the words of a 16 year-old Brent student on his return from an intensive and inspirational course held at Eton College last week.
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Shadow minister for small businesses visits traders in Park Royal and Willesden

Politicians from across the capital were in the borough yesterday for a special event on the state of local businesses.
More than 60 local businesses and councillors from across London were joined by Toby Perkins, MP at the Park Royal industrial estate in Harlesden.
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Safety concerns end after closed North Circular Road footbridge is reopened

Woodheyes Footbridge, which crosses the A406 North Circular Road, was closed after a lorry collided with it five weeks ago.
But this week their protests were answered as the bridge finally reopened.
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