Britain faces a crisis of violence

The parents of Damilola Taylor, the 10-year-old schoolboy stabbed to death by street thugs barely older than himself, warned yesterday that Britain faced a crisis of violence by young people which was running out of control.Richard and Gloria Taylor spoke outside the Old Bailey after seeing two brothers jailed for eight years for their son’s manslaughter.

Richard and Gloria Taylor: ‘We must continue to be intolerant of violent behaviour, particularly among the young’

They said efforts by police and the Government to tackle the violence were “insufficient” and questioned whether the sentence was strong enough to deter other criminals. The killers — Ricky and Danny Preddie, now aged 19 and 18, but 13 and 12 at the time of the killing — will be sent to a young offenders’ institution, and could be back on the streets within three years.

Telegraph | News | Britain ‘faces a crisis of violence by young street thugs’

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