I just watched a programme about Co19, the Metropolitan Police armed response unit. One of the first scenes they showed was an arrest of two young guys who were suspected of carrying firearms. They didnt have any but what they did have was blood stained clothes and knives. They had just stabbed someone three times. This was in Primula Street W12.
I dont know the exact date of that arrest but we all remember the shooting in Loftus Road of 20 year old Craig Brown. Two people have been charged - also kids basically.
In W12 the local gang is called Murder Dem Pussies, MDP. The fact they call themselves something so pathetic tells you all you need to know about how screwed in the head they must be. These are the people that killed Kodjo Yenga and the remainder who were not imprisoned still scrawl their graffiti on fences and walls. They call themselves "soldiers".
This has to be the most depressing fact of life in London, and I'm reminded of it every time I hear a police helicopter hovering overhead. That seems to happen a lot. I look at kids just like them whenever I go to Liberia or Congo - where life expectancy is among the lowest even for Africa because of violent conflict. These are kids for whom war and the use of a gun is a matter of survivial. And then I look at kids here, with their iPods and Nike trainers, who name themselves Murder Dem Pussies, and just begin to lose all hope.