We have been reporting on a number of teen stabbings and killings in the UK in recent weeks, the latest being 14-yr-old Fares Maatou who was stabbed in a busy street outside a pizza restaurant.
There have been many more victims, too many to report on.
The Guardian singles out Canning Town, London and it’s gangland landscape reporting on the most violent feud in British history.
Multiple murders, stabbings and assaults has led to an environment of fear fuelled by gangland violence. Raheel Butt, a street gym organiser is currently looking for an armoured personnel carrier to carry teenagers across the borough as people are too scared to travel he tells the Guardian. Mr Butt believes much of the extreme violence is based on gangland social media “ratings”. “If they stab or hurt someone, they are more likely to get ratings, road status,” he says.
An act of sickening brutality committed in a public place – ideally in front of bystanders and shared on social media – offers guaranteed ratings. Recent murders, committed in the afternoon and likely to be witnessed, conform to the theory he tells the Guardian.
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