The smart way to deal with dumb gangs

Bodgies lining up for haircuts. Hardly the most threatening sight.Credit:Harry Freeman

There have always been gangs. When I was growing up in Preston, Crevelli Street was a no-go zone and playing football in the Olympic Village (players in the local side all those years ago thought a hard tag was a visit from the parole officer) required an assumed name and fleeing immediately on the final siren. (My gang was the First Preston Boy Scouts, which meant I could tie a mean half hitch that wasn’t much good in a street fight. The closest we came to violence was an enthusiastic game of British…

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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