Communities left ‘terrified’ by rise in shootings

The recent growth in gun crime on the streets of Britain’s inner-city areas is “terrifying”, police have admitted, following a spate of shootings in London and Manchester on Thursday night, which left three teenagers injured.

In Manchester, detectives denied they were losing control of the Moss Side area after a 16-year-old girl was shot in the street in an attack which some have linked to the murder of Jesse James, 15, earlier this month. At the same time in London, community leaders said the shooting of two black teenagers in a McDonald’s in Brixton had left people in a state of shock.

The shootings come in the wake of a series of violent incidents this week. In Nottingham, Nathan Williams, 17, was shot dead while cycling through the city in Tuesday, while four unconnected shootings in London over the past week have left four people seriously injured and one man, aged 22, dead.

According to the British Crime Survey, around 15 per cent of young men aged between 16 and 24 have experienced some kind of violent crime.

Independent Online Edition > Crime

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