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|London Teens Gang Up in New York
- Met funds summer trip to stem racial violence
LONDON gang youths are to be shipped off to New York on a summer trip in a move to curtail racial violence.
Ten Bangladeshi and white teenagers, members of warring gangs on estates around King's Cross and Camden, are to be sent to the States in order to learn respect for the law and to participate in team-building sessions.
Chief Inspector Dalvinder Babu referred to the trip, which is part-funded by the Met, as a 'fact finding mission' and said that he hoped to learn from the NYPD in order to cut down on youth crime. "The Police in New York are experienced in dealing with youth conflict because America has a long history of gang warfare, as does Camden."
Last year, gangs from King's Cross, Regents Park and Somers Town were taken to Belfast to hear RUC officers talk about the problems caused by sectarian violence in the region. That summer only six fights were recorded on problem London estates in comparison to 126 in the summer of 1999.