The summer riots....the stabbing of an 18 year-old in busy Oxford Street, London....and the shooting of an Indian student in Manchester....are just some of the incidents which highlight the level of street crime in the UK. It also indicates the number of feral gangs wandering the streets of our cities in ever-increasing numbers and with little regard for life.
The fatal stabbing of Seydou Diarrassouba, 18 years-old, on Boxing Day, apparently followed a fight between rival gangs over trainers and resulted in the brutul murder of this young man. According to the papers he was an active shoplifter in one of the South London gangs and known to the police.
He was no innocent and sadly, it was inevitable that he would end up in prison or dead. We are already hearing his friends describe him as "cool" and "a bubbly character", but it seems away from his family he was also feared by his peers. He was a victim because of the company he kept and it begs the question why the police are not doing more to round up the feral gangs that are a blight on our society?
There have been some really horrifying murders and stabbings over the Christmas period, resulting in heartache for so many families, including Seydou's. But it is the innocent young man in Manchester, without allegiance to any gang, or involved in any criminal activity, who I feel most sorry for. He was a young Indian on a visit, gunned down by a thug with a gun. At this very moment the killer is most likely also being described as "cool" and "a bubbly character" by his associates and it makes me sick.