In the Media

Despair as gang fights Asbos in court

PUBLISHED July 20, 2004

A pocket of north London a few miles from Wembley stadium is a no go area for seven young men as a result of David Blunkett's crackdown on antisocial behaviour.

But nine months after five-year exclusion orders were issued against the teenagers, who go by the name of the Press Road gang, the policy is being questioned in the high court and residents say the Asbos have done nothing to improve the quality of their lives. In 12 months, residents in a street off Neasden Lane reported more than 200 incidents of robbery, burglary, criminal damage and vehicle crime allegedly carried out by the group.