‘Serious youth violence’ on the rise say police and will scramble extra officers to Enfield to cope with increased gang tensions

Violence amongst teenagers is on the rise, according to the Police.

Extra officers are also being deployed to try and stop gang tensions bubbling over across Enfield.

This is after the Enfield Independent reported the fears of people living in Bevedere Road and Galahad Road as a gang known as Dem Africans has “taken over” the estate.

“High visibility patrols” are also set to happen following the rise in “serious youth violence.”

In March, a 13-year-old boy pleaded guilty to murdering Christopher ‘John’ Barry after stabbing him on The Broadway, in Edmonton Green.

Operation Crest will be launched during the next five weeks as police, Enfield’s gang unit, safer schools team and Enfield Borough council will be attempted to drive children away from falling into gangs.

A spokeswoman for the Police said: “Enfield police have seen a rise in serious youth violence within the borough which may be as a result of gang tensions.

“The Council also runs a state of the art CCTV system which is actively monitoring crime on estates and other public spaces.”

Speaking about Operation Crest, the spokeswoman added: “It is aimed at diverting children away from gangs by offering safety advice and alerting them to the dangers of becoming involved with gangs.

 “The idea is that the children can learn from the crimes and mistakes of others and enable themselves to enjoy a safe and secure summer holiday.

“The partnership between the police and the council has also obtained some Criminal behaviour Orders against offenders who cause problems and these help us to restrict behaviour and sometimes even to keep people from entering the area.”

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