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Gang violence is contagious

PUBLISHED April 7, 2013

Danny is sitting in the back seat of my car, his hood up and his head touching the roof. Vince, who spent three weeks arranging this meeting, is in the passenger seat next to me. Suspicion makes the atmosphere awkward so, to break the ice, I suggest we get food some nearby. We are in the London borough of Waltham Forest, so maybe Nando's near the Olympic Park or Westfield Stratford? Neither are viable. How about Leyton High Road or somewhere in Walthamstow? Each location is met with a similar, half-embarrassed but certain "no".

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