I agree there will always be

I agree there will always be a gang culture - its what people do - they socialise and find security in groups!

I think one of the biggest issues to do with gangs is that there has to be clearer distinctions between what gangs are serious problems and what aren't - there's a big difference between a 'gang' of young people hanging around some shops to an organised 'gang' running a large drugs industry and all the things related to that.

Its much like the way 'young people' get talked about as though they're all the same! Each one needs its own kind of support and to be tackled in its own way - no one solution will ever work for these kinds of issues.

I think the language itself is a problem though - when we talk of 'gangs' what do we really mean?