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A man who shot a former friend in a drive-by shooting has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

Christopher Ashton, 24, from Aigburth in Liverpool, is already in prison for murdering Leon Small on the River Mersey while on bail for the shooting.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that in May 2004 he shot Stephen Condon, 22, from a moving silver-coloured car in Toxteth.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and his sentence will run concurrently with his life sentence for murder.

Mr Condon underwent surgery to remove the bullet after the attack and had to have his spleen removed.

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Ashton was arrested but released on bail pending further inquiries, and in October that year he was involved in the murder of Kensington man Leon Small.

In December 2006 he was given a life sentence for killing Mr Small who was stabbed, shot and set alight in a gang attack.

His body was found on the shore of the Mersey near Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Ashton pleaded guilty to wounding Mr Condon with intent and his sentence will run concurrently with his murder conviction, which has a minimum tariff of 32 years.


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Man, 30, seriously ill after being shot while driving.

A MOTORIST was seriously ill in hospital last night after being shot as he drove along a road in an affluent area of Glasgow.

The 30-year-old was hit as he drove his black Ford Focus through the city's south side and the vehicle careered into the side of an oncoming car. The 42-year-old female driver of the other car sustained minor injuries.

Detectives would not comment on reports the man was shot by a passenger travelling with him in the vehicle.

Local residents said the car was being driven down Victoria Road towards Queen's Park when the incident occurred. It is thought the gunman may have ran through nearby Queen's Park to avoid the police.

Nayyer Khurshid, 38, who lives near to the scene, said: "I heard a bang. When I looked out of my window I could see a car had crashed into another. It is frightening someone should be shot outside my house."

The shot man was being last night treated at Glasgow Victoria Infirmary. Doctors described his condition as serious but stable.


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ADDICT SHOT IN THE BUM WITH NAIL GUN...

DRUG barons held an addict down and fired a nail gun into his backside, a court heard yesterday.

The attack happened after chef Ian Williams, 46, lost drugs in police swoops.

The High Court in Glasgow heard Williams went to hospital with a wound that narrowly missed a main artery and lied to doctors that he had been involved in an industrial accident.

Police caught Williams three times in four months with consignments of amphetamine worth a total of £50,000 on the streets.

Bob McCormack, defending, told the judge, Lord Hodge, that the reason for the repeated offending was Williams's increasing desperation at mounting debts owed to the drug barons.

He said: "After each arrest, his indebtedness increased because their drugs were seized and they lost their profits.

"He started off owing £1500 which rose to £8000. He was not only threatened with reprisals but severely physically assaulted."

Williams, of Drumchapel, Glasgow, admitted three charges of being concerned in the supply of amphetamine in Great Western Road, Clydebank, and Mugdock Country Park in Milngavie.

Each time he was charged he was bailed but reoffended.

Sentencing Williams to three years, Lord Hodge told him: "You have assisted in a pernicious trade which causes misery in order to get yourself out of financial difficulties."


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BRITAIN has been shocked by a string of teen murders, with mainly black kids falling victim to knives and guns.

Last week Paul Erhahon, 14, was stabbed to death, the 7th Londoner under 16 murdered this year.

It led to Tony Blair urging the black community to do more to solve the gang problem.

Here Ross Kemp – Bafta-nominated for his telly series Ross Kemp On Gangs – gives his views after making his latest documentary on violence in our capital.

THEY are the roadside shrines of flower bundles and teddy bears which mark the murder of another child.

I have filmed on the streets of Jamaica and LA’s gang-infested Compton, where these memorials seem to be on every corner.

Now the sad, makeshift tributes are becoming a common sight on the streets of London, Manchester and other British cities.

Last week Paul Erhahon’s life ebbed away in his mother’s arms - the 14-year-old schoolboy had been stabbed in the heart.

It unleashed another bout of tortured hand-wringing by the politicians and community leaders.

There’s been a lot of talk this week, from Tony Blair and others, that the black community has to do more to prevent this carnage.

I don’t think it’s about whether the kids who are dying are black, white or Asian.

Yes, the black community does need to confront this on-going tragedy.

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April 23, 2007.


Police yesterday named a man shot dead in a "cold-blooded killing" at an Indian takeaway in Leeds on Friday night as Rohan Anthony Kingston Ricketts, a 34-year-old father of six.

Mr Ricketts was murdered at Shahjahan Indian Cuisine, also known as SFC, in the Harehills area of the city. Detectives said he was a regular customer and believe he had arrived to collect food. He was chased back into the shop by four masked men.Detective Superintendent Steve Payne, from West Yorkshire police's homicide and major inquiry team, said Mr Ricketts, known locally as Shonn, had dived over the counter and run into the kitchen. The attackers forced down the door and fired up to five shots at him from two guns.

They then fled up the street. They wore dark sports-type clothing with hoods and balaclavas covering their faces.

Mr Payne said no other customers were in the shop at the time, although the owner and kitchen staff were present.

"This was a cold-blooded killing which has left Rohan's six children without a father and his girlfriend without a partner," he said. "Clearly our focus is to trace Rohan's killer as soon as possible. We are now starting to build up a picture of Rohan and his lifestyle and are looking into his background. Rohan is from Jamaica and came to England seven years ago. We are keen to establish his movements in the days and weeks leading up to his death.

"We are keen to hear from his friends and associates. I believe the answer to this killing lies within the local community and it is only a matter of time before we trace those responsible. I would urge those with information to come to us before we come to them."

Det Supt Payne said inquiries were continuing at the scene of the murder and appealed for anyone who was in Roundhay Road, Harehills, at about 11.30pm on Friday to make contact.

Local residents said yesterday that crime was a problem in the area. Les Jaskolka said he opened his bedroom window at around 11pm on Friday night and was surprised to hear so much traffic on his street. Outside he saw that two takeaways had been cordoned off.

"I asked a policeman what had been going on and he could not say anything but I heard from a neighbour a dead body had been found. She's usually right."

Mr Jaskolka added: "It's getting worse around here. Mobsters and kids and crooks have got the streets. They do drug dealing here 24/7. There are also no end of break-ins."

He said residents felt threatened because of growing crime in the area and he was fearful for his younger children.

Dennis Wood, who manages a shop close to the scene of the shooting, said Shahjahan had been open for about eight years and it had been recently refurbished.

"They're a nice set of lads that own it," he said. "I think it's open nearly all night which isn't a good thing round here."


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There were 120 homicides in 2006-7 - the...

There were 120 homicides in 2006-7 - the equivalent of one every three days and up 29 per cent on the previous year's 93.

 

A killing every three days as violence surges on the streets...

 

Figures obtained by the media reveal there were 120 homicides in 2006-7 - the equivalent of one every three days and up 29 per cent on the previous year's 93. Of those 120 killings, 47 people were stabbed to death, compared with 34 in 2005-6, an increase of 38 per cent.

Nearly two-thirds (77) of the 2006-7 homicides occurred in Strathclyde, while Grampian saw 13 killings and Lothian and Borders 12. There were six homicides recorded in Fife, five by Northern Constabulary, four in Tayside and three in the Central Scotland force area. No homicides took place in Dumfries and Galloway.

The tally of homicide victims in Scotland in 2006-7 has largely wiped out the apparently big improvement in the previous year, with the figure of 120 victims being higher than all but two of the eight years between 1996-97 and 2003-4.

When a record drop in homicides was announced last autumn, Cathy Jamieson, the justice minister, hailed it as clear evidence that the Executive's efforts to tackle violence, in particular the west of Scotland's knife-carrying culture, were bearing fruit.

Last summer, a five-week amnesty, part of the Executive-led "Safer Scotland" campaign, netted 13,000 weapons, while the penalties for those carrying blades have increased.

The drive was launched amid growing concern at Scotland's record on violent crime. A report by the World Health Organisation two years ago said Scotland had the second highest murder rate in western Europe.

But the new figures appear to expose the fall in the murder rate witnessed in 2005-6 as a blip.

Opposition politicians last night claimed the rise showed the Executive had failed to make Scotland a safer place.

Kenny MacAskill, the SNP's justice spokesman, said: "These figures are deeply troubling. We have a knife and growing gun problem in Scotland and it needs to be tackled.

"We need to take severe action against those who use weapons, but we must also tackle the underlying problems of drink, drugs and deprivation."

Annabel Goldie, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said: "These figures show that Scotland is not the safer place that the Lib/Lab coalition pretended it was. Far too few police on the beat and the continued scandal of automatic early release have both served to make Scotland a more dangerous place, not a safer one. That's why we would launch the biggest assault on crime and drugs Scotland has ever seen."

The big rise in knife killings is a blow to the Executive, although last year's figure of 48 is lower than the numbers recorded each year between 2001-2 and 2004-5.

Jeremy Purvis, for the Liberal Democrats, said: "These figures show knife crime is Scotland's leading crime menace. We are the only party that will have both much more effective early intervention for young people, including breaking down gang culture, and, where necessary, seven-year sentences. This is an effective, long-term contribution."

Following the announcement in September that murders had fallen to their lowest level in 15 years, with almost a third fewer homicides than in the previous year, Ms Jamieson said: "These figures are encouraging and welcome news for the law-abiding public who want to feel safer in their homes and on the streets."

But, perhaps anticipating the latest rise, she acknowledged the drop did not mean society had "turned the tide on violence in Scotland".

The Executive has launched a raft of measures to reverse Scotland's violent reputation, including tougher penalties for people carrying blades, high-profile campaigns and restricting the sale of non-domestic knives.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan, head of the police's Violence Reduction Unit, said enforcement could do no more than "contain and manage" the problem of Scotland's deadly love affair with knives.

A spokesman for the Labour Party said crime was falling and there were more police officers in Scotland than ever before.

He said: "Labour set out in its recent manifesto a clear determination to build safer communities through tackling crime and antisocial behaviour, with a real emphasis on community policing as well as stepping up efforts to support victims of crime."

Murderer struck on day he was freed early...

BRENDAN Reilly, 19, from Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, stabbed David Wilson, in the town on 2 July, 2005.

Earlier that same day, Reilly had been released from a young offenders' institution after serving half of a four-month sentence for possessing a weapon.

It emerged during the trial that Reilly was a member of a gang which arranged fights with other groups in the area via the internet.

Detectives had one website closed down after they discovered photographs of heavily armed gang members, including Mr Wilson, 20, also from Port Glasgow, holding a butcher's knife.

Reilly claimed that when he encountered Mr Wilson, he thought there was going to be a fight. Reilly said: "David Wilson got out of a taxi. He lifted up his jumper and I saw a blade handle. Someone shouted, 'Let's do him'."

And Reilly added: "He challenged me in front of other people."

The teenager admitted stabbing Mr Wilson three times in the back, but said he was acting in self-defence.

A jury convicted Reilly by a majority verdict of murder and he was ordered to serve at least 15 years behind bars.

The judge said any one of a number of youths could have fallen victim to Reilly's "senseless violence", and that he was not convinced the teenager had any real remorse for taking a life.

After he was sentenced, Reilly taunted his victim's family from the dock with the words: "Fifteen years ... no bother."

Father left to die in the snow...

A DEVOTED father of four was driven to a remote hillside and then left to die in the snow after a brutal attack which saw him punched, kicked and stabbed.

Dean Jamieson, 30, a care assistant from Kemnay in Aberdeenshire, was picked up by his killers in their car, thinking it was a taxi, after he left a pub in Aberdeen in April last year.

He was then driven to a remote car park at Elrick Hill on the outskirts of the city where he was robbed, brutally beaten and slashed with a knife, stripped of most of his clothes and then left to die of hypothermia and blood loss.

Colin Cowie and Kevin Leslie, a criminal whose previous convictions include derailing a train and injuring the 30 people on board, were found guilty of Mr Jamieson's murder, while Shaun Paton was convicted of culpable homicide.

Mr Jamieson's widow, Carol, fled in tears from a press conference after the verdicts were delivered, too upset to speak of the enormity of her loss.

Mr Jamieson's mother, Jo, said: "He was killed for no other reason than being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

She described her son's murderers as "evil personified".

Knifed through the heart...

FATHER-of-two Marc Lancashire was stabbed to death in May last year by a man already facing charges of violence.

His killer, Robert Turner, 41, a delivery driver, was twice freed by courts before knifing his victim in the heart at a block of Edinburgh flats in Calder Crescent.

On the day of the murder, Mr Lancashire, originally from Liverpool, had been celebrating his home city club's win the FA Cup.

His killer was sentenced to a minimum of ten years for the murder.

Sports-mad teen stabbed in gang fight...

LIAM Melvin was a "sports-mad" teenager popular with classmates at his school in Edinburgh.

But the 17-year-old's life was snuffed out when he was stabbed during a confrontation with a gang of youths near Burdiehouse Burn Park in the south of the city last December. The area is a popular teenage hang-out.

Liam was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by paramedics, but died from his injuries.

His grandmother Joyce, described the outgoing teenager as "a lovely wee lad".

"He had a lot of friends and was very popular. He was always cheery, always very lively. He loved boxing and he was into football," she said.

Two teenagers, Bonnie Igoe and Jay Murray, and 20-year-old Edmond Reid, have appeared in court in connection with Liam's death.

 

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1. Freeman Stand / 1:34am 23 Apr 2007

Eight years of ineffective Labour government and this is the result. It's time for a change.

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2. http://www.scottwebb.co.uk. / 1:36am 23 Apr 2007

Roll on May

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3. Iain More, Moray / 1:40am 23 Apr 2007

So Labour claims crime is falling - go tell it to the families of those who have lost relatives and to those victims of violent crime!
Our country is slowly but surely becoming a less civilised place to live!
One violent crime is one crime too many - none of the politicians have the answers! They dare not say anything to get flak in the pree and media!

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4. VickiStewart, N Central Ohio / 1:48am 23 Apr 2007

Well what I said in my posting regarding the VA Tech shootings and the nattering on about Americans and their guns still goes....you just do it with KNIVES!

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5. Faye, Scotland / 1:56am 23 Apr 2007

Labour have got the knives out............for SNP!

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6. Bob10 / 2:01am 23 Apr 2007

1, 2 & 3. It isn't members of the government that are going around knifing people it's your own poorly educated, underemployed, no hope numpties that are doing it.
However, opportunities are all around us if we just look. The Scottish Insurance industry should target potential tourists to Scotland (fewer,once the word gets out) with an advertising campaign offering advantageous terms for life and injury insurance!!

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7. Bob10 / 2:07am 23 Apr 2007

You do realize that all the aforementioned no hope numpties are all potential S.N.P. voters if you can only teach them to write an X before 3rd May!

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8. Edward / 2:11am 23 Apr 2007

Wait a minute the Labour and Libdems have claimed over the last EIGHT years of there adminstraion crime was going down!
We shouldnt be surprised then, that despite promises at the last 2 elections, by Labour and the Libdems, they have not tackled crime, Scotland has had enough of there lies, neither Labour nor the Libdems are fit for purpose!
Its evident that the figures were fiddled by Cathy Jameison : Quote 'When a record drop in homicides was announced last autumn, Cathy Jamieson, the justice minister, hailed it as clear evidence that the Executive's efforts to tackle violence, in particular the west of Scotland's knife-carrying culture, were bearing fruit' BUT in reality 'THE number of murders in Scotland has jumped by nearly a third in the past year, with an even bigger rise in fatal stabbings, according to new figures which deal a serious blow to the Scottish Executive's record on violent crime. '

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9. Skirvy, Auld Reek / 2:58am 23 Apr 2007

'Tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime.'

Yeah right...

O and they don't have enough police and they don't have enough prison places so they can lock the scumbags up!

8 years of Scottish labour and 10 years of New Labour.

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10. Encephalon / 3:50am 23 Apr 2007

#4 Correct. Take away the inner city largely black and Latino gang related shootings that inflate the US stats and I feel much safer as aregular visitor in the US than in the centre of our towns and cities at the week-end, where the police have seemingly given up trying to control the ongoing drunken mayhem at the weekend.

That does not mean that I agree with letting every psycho get a gun but Scotland and the UK has a serious problems with alcohol abuse and knives our young uneducated teens who just wish to get out their heads and fight.

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11. Skirvy, Auld Reek / 4:29am 23 Apr 2007

I was once a knife carrying 15-16 year old. Sad but true. The reasons why young people carry knifes is because they don't feel safe! They know that there is people in their certain area that are crazy enough to use a knife or if they are in gangs and they happen to be alone and attack by a group then they can protect themselves. It seemed to me having been jumped by a group of youths from another area when I was 15 that carrying a knife might have prevented this. I would never have used the knife that I carried but if attacked I'd have pulled it out just to show intent in the hope my attackers would run off.

I don't think any of these 'so called' experts know why kids carry knifes, but that is the reason why kids carry knifes because they are frightened and scared. We need a visible police presence on the streets, in areas where crime and knife cultures are high they should have curfues when under 17's! are to get of the streets at say 9 o'clock, for there own safety by the way. If they aren't home by 9 then if the police catch them they should be taken home and given a caution, after say 3-5 cautions they should be sent to a childrens panel or community service. This of course only for a certain amount of time until crime has dramatically fallen or gone down in that certain area.

Also there's nothing for kids to do, you can't play football in the street because people complain and the police come and warn you. You can't play in the local park because there is a group of older kids there that will nick your ball. There's no facilities for kids they are bored to tears, so what do they do they cause trouble for kicks and giggles, maybe get a chase of the police or some guy who's window has just been put through. Or when they get older they hang around in gangs smoke pot and drink a quarter bottle of vodka mixed with tropical fanta and cause trouble because they are a bit game after a few drinks.

Or the other affect on kids is they don't want to go out because they are scared so they sit in their houses playing computer game, watching TV and getting fat!!

Don't blame the kids blame the system, kids are being victimised wrongly. I've been there done it wore the t-shirt and got out of that sort of behaviour when I was 17. I was one of the lucky ones though, theres people who I know who are now in jail or shooting up in some sh*thole, not because they choose to its because there was nothing to do when they were younger to keep them away from Drugs and Crime.

It has gone rapidly downhill in the last 10 years under new Labour. They haven't kept their promise on there 'tough on crime stance' they have ignored the problem and it has got worse and worse.

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The murder of a man in Limerick is part of a continuing gang feud, police believe.

Noel Campion, 34, was travelling on a motorbike through the Thomond Gate area when he was shot on Thursday.

His brother Gary Campion has been charged with two murders in Limerick.

They are the shooting of nightclub security man Brian Fitzgerald in November 2002 and the killing of Frankie Ryan in Moyross last September.


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Man survived 12 shots at close range, trial told...

April 27, 2007

A man who survived being shot 12 times, including twice in the face, yesterday told a court of the "crazy" attack that left him "near enough dead".

Tony Woodbridge, who was left paralysed for life and still has seven bullets inside him, appeared before an Old Bailey jury in a wheelchair to give evidence in the trial of his childhood friend for attempted murder.

Mr Woodbridge, 27, described how he felt his legs give way after a bullet fired at point-blank range entered his stomach. He said it was only his will to survive that saw him get through the ordeal after doctors reconstructed his shattered face.

Mr Woodbridge's intestines were "blown away", he lost many of his teeth and his spine was shattered by five shots, the court heard, after an attack by two gunmen in Kennington, south London.

Leon Russell, 24, a former friend of Mr Woodbridge who attended the same Clapham primary school as the victim, denies attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. A second suspect - Sean Sutton, 26 - is still on the run from police, the court was told.

Brendan Kelly, prosecuting, said Mr Woodbridge was shot in September last year at about 9pm as he walked from his mother and younger sisters' house to buy cannabis from a nearby address. He was ambushed by two gunmen who frog-marched him to a waiting silver car.

He had seen the gunmen only the day before, the court heard, and they had given him a lift to do some food shopping.

However, on the day of the shooting the pair wanted information from Mr Woodbridge about the whereabouts of a friend. With a gun pointed to his head, Mr Woodbridge was told: "If you do as you're told you will live." But the jury heard he fought back against the two men.

"I just thought to myself 'I'm not getting in this car' and then it all kicked off," Mr Woodbridge said. "Sean slapped the gun in my eye, I was looking over to Leon because he was my friend. I tried to grab the gun off him and there was a struggle."

Mr Sutton shot him once in the leg, then Mr Woodbridge turned back to look at his friend, who opened fire, the court heard. "I saw sparks come from the gun, I saw sparks in my belly, then my legs went from beneath me. I knew I was paralysed straight away."

As he lay on the floor, helpless, he was shot in the face twice, then repeatedly shot in his back, legs and arms, the court heard. He woke up in hospital three days later.

Mr Russell, also known as Twin, from Brixton Hill, south London, had called Mr Woodbridge hours before the shooting to tell him he had fallen out with a friend and wanted to know where he lived. Mr Woodbridge told the court: "My friend took his chain and some money off him on the same day he shot me. He wanted to know where he lived, but I said I was nothing to do with it and that was the last thing I heard." The trial continues.


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Two shootings leave one man dead...
 
One man is dead and another is in hospital after two separate shootings.

The fatal shooting happened on Friday night in Rushcroft Road, Brixton, south London, where a man in his 30s was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another man was shot after being chased by two men in Leyton, east London, in the early hours of Saturday. He is now in a stable condition.

Operation Trident, which looks at gun crime in the Afro-Caribbean community, is investigating both incidents.

Police said the suspects in the east London shooting were described as black and aged in their early 20s. They left the scene in a small red car.


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Three people were treated in hospital after being injured in two separate attacks in Strathclyde at the weekend.

In the first incident, a 50-year-old man and 28-year-old woman were assaulted in the Govanhill area of the city on Saturday afternoon.

A 24-year-old man was stabbed on a path behind flats in Braeside Avenue, Moodiesburn, on Sunday.

Police are treating both unrelated incidents as attempted murder, and appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Detectives say the man and woman were standing near the Ladbrokes bookmaker shop in Allison Street, Govanhill, when they were assaulted.

The male victim received an injury to his neck and was stabbed in the stomach, while his female companion suffered facial injuries.

Both were taken by ambulance to the Victoria Infirmary. The woman was later released after treatment, while staff described the man's condition as "serious but stable".

The suspect was described as being male, of Asian appearance, and aged in his 20s.

Det Sgt Frank Clarke of Aikenhead CID said: "This was a particularly vicious and unprovoked attack, which we are treating as attempted murder.

"It occurred at a time when Allison Street would have been very busy due to the nice weather and I am confident that there may have been witnesses to this attack."

 

Meanwhile, officers described the attack on the 24-year-old man in Moodiesburn as "brutal" and said they had been unable to establish a motive for the stabbing.

The victim was taken to Monklands District General Hospital where his condition was said to be "critical."

Det Insp Keith Webb said: "We are currently trying to establish a motive for this brutal attack which happened in broad daylight.


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Street Gangs — Chicago Based or Influenced

People Nation and Folk Nation

Background - The Seeds of the Alliances Black P-Stone symbol

Chicago street gangs emerged in the 1960's when a "youth group" called the Black P-Stone Rangers developed into a criminal organization.

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Jeff Fort

The group's leader, Jeff Fort, united the leaders of some 50 area street gangs into a single organization, calling it the Black P-Stone Nation.

The group was controlled by a 21-man commission, self-titled the "Main 21." The leaders projected the group as a socially conscious, self-help organization that would help uplift themselves and their community. Another Black P-Stones Symbol

As a result of this premise, the group sought and obtained $1.4 million in federal anti-poverty funds. These funds were then used to support the group's illegal activities. A federal grand jury uncovered the funds mismanagement and Jeff Fort was sent to federal prison.

The perceived success of Fort's Black P-Stone Nation resulted in the formation of many other street gangs, that claimed to be politically and socially motivated. Of the groups that surfaced, many dropped to a level of


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disorganization, while others developed into sophisticated, highly organized groups involved in prostitution, robbery, burglary, extortion, and drug sales.

Two very influential gangs, the Black Disciples, led by David Barksdale, and the Gangster Disciples, led by Larry Hoover, followed Fort's example and unified their gangs to form the Black Gangster Disciple Nation.

Throughout the 1970's, the Black P-Stone Nation and Black Gangster Disciple Nation controlled the Chicago drug trade and became bitter rivals expressing their anger by creating the bloodiest gang war in Chicago's history.

The Emergence of Alliances

Many of the leaders and members of the Chicago gangs ended up in federal and state correctional facilities. The increased number of individual gangs created a need for immediate visual gang identification that would enable members to distinguish allies from enemies among the prison population.

During the 1980's, within the prison walls, gangs began separating into alliances. The two alliance names that emerged were the People Nation and Folk Nation.

All gangs that were originally aligned with the Black P-Stone Nation aligned with People Nation.

Those that were originally aligned with the Black Gangster Disciple Nation aligned with the Folk Nation.

Many gangs or "sets," as they are called, are aligned with one of the two Chicago alliances.

Mentality and Philosophy

  1. The "All for One, One for All" philosophy poses a significant threat; members demand participation in assaultive behavior by all members who are present.
    • The one-on-one fight of the past now becomes a full disturbance.

     

  2. "Code of Conduct" terminologies include:
    • "Folk before family."
    • "I will not let my brother fall to a knee."
    • "All is All" and "All is Well" (People)
    • "All is One." (Folk)

     

  3. Incidents often occur over trivial matters that are viewed as disrespectful by rival members.
    • Striking through a rival's graffiti or painting it upside down.
    • Drinking from a plastic cup belonging to a rival gang member.
    • Showing rival's hand signs upside down or crossing out a rival's hand-signs with another finger.
    • Breaking rival's symbols.

Rules and codes of conduct such as those mentioned above must be strictly followed. Those members who choose not to participate in a gang activity are subject to disciplinary action or "violations."

Violations can range from a beating, by fellow members for a given period of time, to death. Violation orders are often written out and signed by ranking members of the groups at their facility.

Violence associated with these groups is often disciplinary in nature.


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3 May 2007
CLUB DUO STABBED.

DETECTIVES are hunting a knifeman who stabbed two men outside a city nightclub.

The victims, aged 22 and 23, were knifed yesterday at 4am, just after leaving Glasgow's Karbon. At least one had multiple stab wounds.

They were rushed to the Royal Infirmary where the 23-year-old is giving cause for concern and the 22-year-old is said to be "serious".

They were talking to some women at the club's popular student night and may have been involved in a row inside.

Minutes later a man knifed the pair in the street and left them lying in a pool of blood.

Officers are studying CCTV footage in a bid to nail the knifeman, described as 25,5ft 6in, with blond hair.

He was wearing a dark coloured top and blue jeans.


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Youth who murdered man over 'disrespect' is jailed for life.

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A teenager who shot a young father to death because he felt the victim showed him "disrespect" was jailed for life yesterday.

Bradley Tucker, 18, was sent to prison for a minimum of 25 years, having been convicted in March of the murder of Peter Woodhams, 22, in Canning Town, east London, last August.

The case attracted national attention after it emerged that Mr Woodhams had earlier been the victim of a knife attack and sought police assistance after being menaced and attacked by local youths.

Eight months before his death, Mr Woodhams was stabbed in the neck and had his face slashed by a group of youths because he confronted them about stones being thrown at his new Ford Focus car.

Amid the furore that followed the murder, Scotland Yard apologised to the victim's family. The issue is also the subject of an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The Recorder of London, Peter Beaumont, said Tucker would spend a minimum of 25 years behind bars, adding: "You were not provoked in any legal or real sense to do what you did. You perceived disrespect. You feared loss of face in a challenge that you perceived from the man you killed, a challenge to the standing you felt you had in the eyes of people whose respect you sought.

"To meet that challenge you acquired a gun, a loaded gun. You followed a man to his home in broad daylight and in front of his home you shot him repeatedly."

Tucker, a painter and decorator who was known to police before the murder, was silent as he was led away by three security officers. Family members, however, shouted "We love you Brad" and applauded briefly.

Mr Woodhams' partner, Jane Bowden, the mother of the couple's three-year-old son, Sam, smiled and grasped the hand of a family member as sentence was passed.

In a victim impact statement read to the court in March, she said the "vicious and callous" murder had devastated her family. "Peter and I had everything to live for - we were a young family getting started in life, setting out on our future together."

She said she could not feel any compassion for Tucker, who is the product of a broken home and a chaotic background. "One minute Peter was our future and within seconds, he is our past," she said. "Parents without a son, siblings without a brother, a woman without a partner and, more than anything, a son without a father."

Outside court yesterday, Mr Woodhams' father, also Peter, said the family was pleased by the sentence. "I would like to say we had justice today, although nothing is ever going to bring our son back," he said.

Detective Inspector Phil Rickells declined to comment on claims the murder could have been prevented, because the IPCC investigation is continuing.


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