Teenage knife crime calls for cohesion and education

 ‘The excluded teenager is just a step away from the gang membership that will help give them a sense of identity,’ say Ingrid Schoon and John Bynner. Photograph: Alan Simpson/PA Gary Younge’s questioning whether the solution to teenage knife crime lies in increasing police numbers is welcome recognition of the more complex reasons for the actions causing it (Teenagers are being killed. More policing is not the answer, Journal, 7 March). Disadvantaged young people have suffered a succession of austerity measures dating back to 2010, including decimated youth services, reduced…

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Desire to maintain lavish lifestyle forces students to take up crime’

HYDERABAD: Students and their greed for affluent lifstyle drives them to commit crimes, say police and psychologists. As many as 20 city-based students have been caught in different offences last year. Many of them hailed from well-to-do families. While interrogating the students apprehended for chain snatching, robberies, extortion and drug peddling, the police identified similar answers from them. They either want to spend money to live a luxurious life without telling their parents or think they can get away easily as they are over-pampered by their parents. Radhika Acharya, a…

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Dining with death: crime fiction’s long affair with food

In “The Noble Bachelor” Sherlock Holmes presents Watson with a brace of woodcock and a pâté de foie gras pie. Holmes himself was partial to curried chicken and mixed his own blend of earl grey and lapsang souchong. Inspector Maigret would make a detour for skate wings with black butter, mussels in cream and choucroute. American mystery writer Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe weighed “a seventh of a ton”, and employed a Swiss chef called Fritz who made him “Shad roe mousse Pocahontas” and “Avocado Todhunter” (a rather anaemic combination of…

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