Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Flashpoint at 4 O'clock: School's out, the Violence Kicks off; Analysis: Commander Dominic Clout

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Flashpoint at 4 O'clock: School's out, the Violence Kicks off; Analysis: Commander Dominic Clout

Article excerpt

Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT

A GRAPHIC image of youth violence has emerged in data released by police.

It displays hotspots for attacks by young people in the borough of Camden.

The data shows the most offending was carried out by 16-year-olds and attacks were most likely to take place at about 4pm, when schools finish.

Analysts noted a "worrying trend": girls were identified in a quarter of attacks, although they were said to be "affiliates" of young male offenders. Measuring crime by day, most violent offences were found to have been committed on a Friday, followed by Saturday and Sunday.

The map is based on the number of violent offences against victims aged under 20 between 2004 and last year. It was released in a review of Camden's crimefighting record.

Analysts concluded youth violence was most likely to be related to domestic incidents and gang-related activity, mainly over territorial disputes. Children were more likely to target those of a similar age or slightly younger than themselves.

In total, Camden police recorded 2,913 incidents of youth violence last year, most of them minor assaults or cases of harassment.

But the figures also show the number of teenage victims of violence has fallen 22 per cent in the last three years.

This is the closest the Met has come to releasing crime maps so far. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.