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Street fighting man

Street fighting man

The writer Gavin Knight spent two years with police anti-gang units in London, Manchester and Glasgow, accompanying them on raids and talking to the gang members themselves. His book Hood Rat is a vivid retelling of their stories from the urban battleground. In this extract from the London section, a gang leader’s birthday drive ends in a shoot-out. Illustrations by Brett Ryder