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Storbritannia er i ferd med å få unge som danner subkulturer preget av vold og narkotika i bestemte områder i storbyene. Det er et stort problem som ikke kan løses med politiinnsats og fengsel, advarer en ledende polititjenestekvinne.

De unge kommer fra havarerte familier. De danner gjenger der ære, respekt og territoriell kontroll utøves med vold som akseptert middel.

Barbara Wilding, the longest-serving female chief constable, said that social breakdown was giving rise to «enormous concerns about the future of young people». Ms Wilding, the Chief Constable of South Wales, said:»In many of our larger cities, in areas of extreme deprivation, there are almost feral groups of very angry young people.

«Many have experienced family breakdown, and in place of parental and family role models, the gang culture is now established. Tribal loyalty has replaced family loyalty and gang culture based on violence and drugs is a way of life.» Disaffected young people were also a prime target for terrorist recruiters, she said.

Det har vært stor oppmerksomhet de mange knivdrapene på ungdommer i London. Tirsdag gikk 400 ungdommer gjennom Islington i London, der Ben Kinsella (16) ble drept lørdag. Fire svarte ungdommer sitter arrestert, mistenkt for drapet.

Wilding holdt foredraget for en lukket forsamling i mai. Hun sier ungdommene nærmest er blitt «ville» i forhold til samfunnet.

Også på politisk hold begynner man å forstå at problemene stikker dypt.

It is unusual for a chief constable to express concerns that could be seen as criticism of the criminal justice system and government policy. But Ms Wilding’s remarks coincide with a shift in government thinking. Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, and Ed Balls, the Children, Schools and Families Secretary, have emphasised the need for early intervention to stop children drifting into a life of crime.

Top police officer Barbara Wilding: gang life replacing family life