Meanwhile, in London:
A charity worker is fighting for his life after being pushed from a train by hooded thugs.
The 61-year-old man was attacked by three youths as he returned home from a fundraising event.Fellow passengers watched in horror as violence flared after the man accidentally caught the eye of one of the group, causing him to ask: "What are you looking at?"
They then surrounded the victim and began raining blows on him. When the train doors opened, the man was thrown out, smashing his head on the concrete platform and losing conconsciousness.
"Fellow passengers watched in horror" - but no one intervened. And who can blame them? As a commenter (Rob) at Laban Tall's blog wrote the other day:
Don't intervene, someone else gets hurt.Finally, the police have reported that 169 criminal gangs are operating in London. More than a quarter of these have actually killed someone. Tellingly, the BBC report says:
Intervene, and someone will probably be spared. Unfortunately, one of the following is extremely likely to happen to you:
* You are killed
* You are seriously assaulted
* You are arrested on a charge of racially aggravated assault
African-Caribbean gangs were described as the largest group, followed by south Asian and white gangs.
Religion was also found to be a defining factor, with some gangs comprising solely Muslim or Catholic members, for example.
Now honestly: how many gangs comprised solely of white Catholics does anyone think there are? I suppose there might be one, possibly. Now, anyone want to guess at the number of Muslim gangs?