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Crimes of Violence: Young People

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people under the age of 18-years-old in criminal gangs in each of the last 10 years. (218381)

There are no reliable estimates of the number of young people involved in “gangs”.

The 2004 OCJS survey estimated that 6 per cent. of young people aged 10 to 19 were classified as belonging to a “delinquent youth group” (involving a group of more than three members who had been involved in delinquent or criminal behaviour in the previous 12 months, the group also having other structural features). However, these groups are not necessarily involved in violence and would not all be considered to be “street gangs”.