Legal definition of gang-related activity

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2172
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The legal definition of gang related activity has recently been expanded to include drug-related activity. What impact do you believe this will have on the Metropolitan Police Service's ability to combat gang activity in London?

Answer

Answer for Legal definition of gang-related activity

Answer for Legal definition of gang-related activity

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Evidence from police and local authorities shows that urban street gangs often engage in street drug dealing.

Gang injunction legislation was amended to widen the scope of activity to include 'gang related drug dealing'. The injunctions impose a range of prohibitions and requirements on the individual. This will allow gang injunctions to be used to prevent individuals from engaging in illegal drug dealing, with positive requirements available to divert people away from a gang and protect them from being further drawn into drug dealing activity.

These injunctions will be utilised alongside and enhance the MPS efforts to tackle gangs.