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London’s Knife Crime Emergency: ON A KNIFE EDGE (Full Length Documentary)

London’s Knife Crime Emergency: ON A KNIFE EDGE (Full Length Documentary)

In the wake of multiple knife-related murders in the UK’s capital, activist and ex-gang member Josh Osbourne takes an in-depth look at the “code of silence”. This is an entrenched mindset that regularly stops young people from going to the authorities, in fear of being labelled a “snitch”. Britain’s most senior police officer attributes the recent spate of murders to austerity, drug markets, police cuts and social media, yet despite a controversial crack-down targeting drill music videos, the number of deaths keep rising. Josh follows the grieving families struggling to find justice and answers in their own communities. He speaks to an active gang member about how reputation is a fiercely protected social capital and shame can be a gateway to violence. He learns that surviving a knife attack is no longer seen as a close call, but a badge of honour, and how the consequences of knife crime stretch beyond simply life and death. The film explores how the internet has profoundly altered the way conflicts are instigated and unravel on London’s streets, and how the communities affected are reacting to this. As London remains in the throes of a knife crime epidemic, VICE takes a look at one of the most important domestic issues of our time.

VIDEO: Semi-naked Selhurst publican batters burglars with baseball bat

VIDEO: Semi-naked Selhurst publican batters burglars with baseball bat

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A CRIMINAL who received a beating while burgling a pub from a baseball bat-wielding, semi-naked landlord has been jailed.

John Ryan, from Brent, north London, broke into popular Crystal Palace supporters’ pub The White Horse, in Selhurst Road, with his brother Michael at 6.55am on November 13 last year.

They started smashing fruit machines with sledgehammers, but were unprepared for the arrival of landlord Danny Foley, who emerged in just his leggings with a commemorative Celtic FC baseball bat.

He hit the intruders with the bat before they tried to flee and in the process, hit Mr Foley – who has since left the pub – across the face with a broken metal spade.

Michael Ryan, 40, pleaded guilty in May to five counts of burglary at a string of pubs across the capital, and was jailed for seven years.

John Ryan, 42, did not admit to three counts of burglary until Monday (October 20) after months of denying the offences. He was sentenced to 30 months in jail today (October 23) at Croydon Crown Court.

They were caught after their DNA was found at the scene and The White Horse’s CCTV cameras captured the break-in.

Watch the footage of Mr Foley interrupt their break-in below

The brothers were initially both wearing balaclavas, but Mr Foley managed to remove one of these, which police used to trace the men.

The CCTV footage is to be used on BBC programme Caught Red Handed later in the year and Mr Foley said he quite enjoys watching it back – even though he was injured at the time.

He said: “I love watching it; it cheers me right up.”

Mr Foley had been burgled six weeks before and had more than £500 taken, but he was ready for the raiders this time.

“I just missed the two the previous time because I didn’t know where the noise was coming from,” he explained.

“But as I switched on the downstairs light they ran away. This time, as soon as my dog jumped on my bed, scared, I got up and was only in my boxers. I slung on some leggings and ran down there.

“You can see the adrenalin was in me and I would have hit him again if I could get one foot in front of other, but I was gone after he hit me with the spade.

 

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