Gangs and youth violence

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A gang is typically a noticeable group of individuals that spends time in public and engages in criminal activity and violence. The group may also be territorial or in conflict with other gangs. 

An estimated 46,000 children are thought to be part of a gang in England.

Young people involved in gangs have an increased risk of experiencing violence and other types of abuse. Gang crime and serious youth violence is also often synonymous with knife crime. 

It is illegal to carry knives and prohibited firearms to use as weapons. A longer sentence may be served if an offender was or is part of a gang.

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