Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gangster Glamour Blamed for Rise in Street Murders; SENIOR BLACK POLICE OFFICER SAYS MUSIC VIDEOS LURE YOUNGSTERS TO CRIME

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gangster Glamour Blamed for Rise in Street Murders; SENIOR BLACK POLICE OFFICER SAYS MUSIC VIDEOS LURE YOUNGSTERS TO CRIME

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Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT

ONE of Britain's most senior black police officers has criticised the "gangster glamour" culture that he blames for the increasing number of gang murders in London.

Superintendent Leroy Logan, who becomes London's highest ranking African Caribbean police officer next week, says fresh ideas are needed to prevent more killings such as the stabbing of 16-year-old Robert Levy in Hackney last week.

Mr Logan called for more preventative police measures and said the seduction of music videos by "gangsta rap" bands such as So Solid Crew makes young people want to join street gangs.

On Monday he takes over as head of operations in Hackney, a borough notorious for feuding gangs.

He said: "We are now seeing so many senseless killings such as the death of Robert Levy. We need to be more preventative, we need to reduce the client base, the foot soldiers, of these gangs. The life expectancy is 20 to 25. If you get to 25 you are an elder, and that cannot be right."

Mr Logan, a married father of three, said young people were being drawn to crime partly by the lure of the "bling bling" gangster lifestyle.

He says that 80 per cent of ethnic minority groups live in the top 10 deprived boroughs in the country. …

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