Young girls in the capital forced into violent gang life

Young girls across the capital are being trapped in gangs and forced into a life of violence, according to a new report.

The study by the Centre for Social Justice in partnership with London charity XLP asked 96 young people connected with gangs what they saw as a normal part of gang life.

The report found sexual exploitation, drugs-running and gun handling among female gang members is extremely common, and found girls were often used to stash weapons and drugs because police stop-and-searches are so rarely performed on girls.

Last year in London only six percent of these searches were on women.

The CSJ warned that "too little" is changing despite the launch of a Home Office-led strategy into gang culture three years ago.