Citizen editor: We must put a twist in this tale of Gloucester Fagins by speaking out and catching these gang leaders
WHILE the story of Oliver Twist ends up happily for the orphan, for the people mixed up in real-life gangs, there can be anything but a fairytale conclusion.
So much work is being done in Gloucester to give young people a positive path through life in school, at youth and sports groups and by police and yet, it appears we still have a gang problem.
We are not inner-city London, but the issue is still real. These Fagins, as they are dubbed by police, hook in these young people with their charm and charisma and then rule by fear. They are grown men controlling children playing on a very powerful need for young people to belong.
This vulnerability is then abused by these adults who should know better.
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What is positive however, is the police awareness of the problem and the work being done to combat it.
But what they need now is for people to come forward to help them track these leaders. Not an easy task as victims fear speaking out. However, someone, somewhere knows something that could just help them in the clampdown.
We must break this deadlock and we can only do this with people having the courage to speak out.
IN recent years, the Cherry and Whites have developed a stunning amount of backline talent. Now Gloucester are starting to specialise in honing young and emerging coaching talent too.
Rugby director Nigel Davies' reputation for mentoring players through the tough transition to coaching long preceded his Kingsholm switch last summer.
And now Gloucester are poised to offer Pete Buxton a route into a coaching career, as academy manager. What a great move for the club.