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Home Department written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Stella Creasy Stella Creasy Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gangs have been identified in (a) each London borough and (b) each police force area in each of the last five years.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 1 November 2011

Data on gangs has not been systematically captured in the UK. However evidence suggests that gang membership is relatively rare though it can be a serious problem in specific areas. The Association of Chief Police Officers is undertaking an exercise to map gang activity in some forces in England, and will report by the end of the year.

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