Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Fear Is Driving Boys to Join Gangs'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Fear Is Driving Boys to Join Gangs'

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Byline: AMAR SINGH

THE sister of a 16-year-old boy stabbed to death in south London warned today that teenagers were being pressured into joining gangs, fuelling an "epidemic" of killings.

Amanda Attram, 21, whose brother Eugene went to the same boys' comprehensive as Billy Cox, said that young men joined gangs out of fear of being targeted.

"My brother was targeted because of the people he hung around with," said Ms Attram.

"Call it a group, or gang or whatever, but when given the choice, these boys feel they are safer in numbers. If you don't join a gang, then you are vulnerable and alone. People egg you on, and say you need to be part of this crew or that crew and then it gets territorial and if you are not in it you are against it - it has become an epidemic."

Eugene Attram, from Thornton Heath, was stabbed in November in a fight involving up to 30 youths, thought to be members of SUK (Stick'em Up Kids) and rival gang Terror Zone, of which Eugene is alleged to have been a member. …

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