There are currently approximately 205 gangs in existence across Greater London sub-divided into many more cliques and sub-sets. There are at least 15,000 people who belong to such groups across London (this represents a tiny 0.2% of the cities total population). London boroughs with the highest number of independent gangs are Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth and Newham. Some of the oldest and more established gangs with a deep history are located in Brixton, Deptford & New Cross, Euston & Kings Cross, Hackney, Harlesden, Leyton, Peckham, Tottenham and Tower Hamlets.

The boroughs with the highest number of “gang-related” homicides in the last year were Newham, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.

Since 2008 there have been 123 “gang-related” killings in London taking place across 25 of the 32 boroughs, excluding the City of London.

The boroughs with the highest number of gang killings during the last three years are Southwark, Lambeth and Newham, Hackney, Croydon and Lewisham and Waltham Forest.

Boroughs that have not had any offences of this nature are predominantly in the south western outer areas of London such as Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Hounslow.

South London
South London was the overall hotspot area for ‘gang-killings’ in London in 2010. In recent years numerous gun homicides have taken place across the main hotspot areas of Brixton, Peckham and New Cross / Deptford, a significant proportion of which remain unsolved by police. The number of gang homicides across this area increased from 2009 although was lower than in 2008.

Waltham Forest & Newham:
This area of London was the second hotspot for ‘gang-killings’ in 2010 affecting the areas of Plaistow and Custom House and across the border of the two boroughs whereby Leyton and Leytonstone meet with Stratford and Forest Gate. Further up in Walthamstow, the Priory Court estate has been the setting for several shootings linked to gang rivalries in 2010.

Although the number of ‘gang-killings’ in Hackney fell in 2010 the sheer number of active rivalries within the borough, and across borough boundaries, means there is always a risk of serious violence. The gangs responsible for the largest number of homicides in Hackney in recent years are the two main gangs London Fields Boys and Holly Street Boys.

Brent & Westminster:
There are growing problems affecting gang rivalries in this part of London that have already contributed to several stabbings in 2011 so far. The main cross borough rivalry involves the Mozart estate (Mozart Bloods) and South Kilburn estate (D-Block) which has seen a murder on each side (one in 2007 and one in 2010). Gang rivalries across the NW10 area are still active although the number of fatalities has reduced significantly since the beginning of the decade.

Haringey & Enfield:

 Although a number of rivalries and alliances are present in this area of London the number of ‘gang killings’ has reduced consecutively since 2008 when a spate of murders connected to the rivalry between Edmonton and Tottenham gangs resulted in a spate of murders in the first half of the year. Owing to a number of members being imprisoned as a result of gang violence cross borough rivalry has become more limited. The main issues currently are of internal conflicts amongst gangs in Tottenham and Edmonton versus an Enfield gang.