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Men and the Parkhead Border. In July, shots were fired. Thomson moved quickly, using new anti social behaviour legislation to impose a dispersal zone across much of the patch, allowing her officers to break up groups of youths gathering in key battlegrounds such as Tollcross Park. Violent crime in Thomson's subdivision Bravo Alpha has dropped nearly a third. There were 156 assaults, robberies, attempted murders and murders in the area between 1 April of this year and last Sunday, 25 October. There were 72 more in the same period of 2008. Some of the people now working for CIRV used to be committing some of those crimes. They introduced themselves to today's gang members at the call in at the sheriff court. But only after youngsters, mostly boys, a girl or two, were shown graphic photographs of the damage violence can do. One was a man with a kitchen knife plunged through his eye deep into his head. Another looked like a plate of passata topped with two lidless eyeballs a gangster who survived a shotgun blast to the face. The images fresh in their minds, the gangs heard from a killer, who asked not to be named, still in fear of reprisals. He told the gathered gang members, the odd girl now mixed with the boys, about Christmas morning, about watching his children enjoy their presents knowing his victim's family would not be.
Paul Brannigan, 23, a former gangfighter from the east end. He got out of Polmont, Scotland's young offenders' institution, just over two years ago, after being locked up for firearms offences. "I thought for a time that the gang was my family," Brannigan told the hushed courtroom. "Then I went to prison. And I was left on my tod. "Brannigan Nike Air Force 1 White And Gold helps at the Bambury Centre, mentoring young men steeped in violence. This is where guys wanting out of the gangs come after Kando, for employability training. There are 60 jobs up for grabs, all funded by the UK Government but only open to people willing to give up violence. The Bambury is in Barrowfield, once one of the most deprived social housing schemes in Europe, right in the shadow of Celtic Park. Now it is mini suburbia of redbrick terraces with only a few old tenements waiting for demolition. "I didn't recognise Barrowfield when I got out," said Brannigan, who is from the area. "I thought it was something out of Home And Away.
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