Former Hackney ‘bad-boy’ reveals reality behind mythical image

Robyn Travis hopes to deter youths from following his journey into violence and despair

Robyn Travis hopes to shatter the myth of the ‘bad-boy’ & support youths struggling through adolescence

THE constant stream of new reports, news reports and new initiatives on tackling gun and knife crime among inner-city youths seems to reflect a near state of paralysis among those charged with dealing with the problem.

‘Experts’ and stakeholders tell us what is wrong with the ‘youths of today’, their backgrounds and the root of their problems and there is truth in what they say, but rarely do we hear from the young people themselves in what appears to be a detached and top-down approach.

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Communities and campaigners to start fightback over agressive stopandsearch

Pic: Rolando Allen: Journalist & campaigner Gary McFarlene addresses a meeting at Chat’s Palace in Hackney on the fightback against stop-and-search

DESPITE the Metropolitan Police Commissioner announcing a new approach to stop-and-search in January after a report linked its aggressive and repeated misuse to the riots last year, thousands of innocent people are still being detained every week prompting concerns that the foundations are being laid for further unrest.

Police officers stop-and-search a thousand people a day in London, according to the Met’s own statistics, arresting little over ten per cent. Figures on how many are actually charged are currently unavailable.

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Riots spread to Hackney as doubt is cast on Duggan shot first claim

CLASHES continued to spread across London today with Hackney becoming the latest district to witness unrest on the streets following the killing of an allegedly armed man in Tottenham on Thursday.

Hundreds of police in full riot gear charged crowds of mainly passive observers in Hackney’s main thoroughfare, Mare Street, this afternoon after being showered with bricks and bottles by groups of masked youths.

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