Joined: Jan. 2006
What Louis said.
One of the dirty little secrets of the Blair and Brown years is that very little was done about the deprived areas of the UK. At the same time, policing methods changed somewhat, and became more touchy feely. They needed to, but not necessarily as much as they have done.
(Protestors don't count, being political targets they are fair game for violence)
Note that most of them are teenagers - we have extremely high youth unemployment in this country, and over the last 20 years the old ways of turning annoying teenagers into upright adults have been shut down or lost. One such way is through getting a job and working with adults who then beat you into line, but if you don't have a job...