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Penge Block gang no longer a threat to Bromley, says report

Ben Hitchcock was murdered in 2007

Ben Hitchcock was murdered in 2007

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Tackling gang culture in Bromley was due to be discussed by the council on Tuesday night.

There are no gangs, as classified by the Met, in the borough at present but the council and police have identified some potential threats.

According the council report, Bromley youths are more likely to be affiliated with gangs in neighbouring boroughs and offend outside of our borders.

But it says there is a risk that members relocated to the borough who have gang affiliations could bring those links with them.

Several gangs are identified in the document including Penge Block, which teenager Ben Hitchcock belonged to when he was murdered in 2007.

The report states: “Penge Block is no longer considered to be an operational street gang although youths will still come together en masse if they feel that one of their own or their territory is being threatened.”

It goes on to say: “Gangs from neighbouring boroughs are not coming to the borough to cause trouble out of (misguided) fear of the Penge Block gang.”

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