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Met apply for court order to silence gang's drill music

DRILL: Five gang members face a ban from making music that references violence (Image: Met police)

FIVE GANG members who planned an attack on a rival group could be banned from making drill music in a bid to tackle the rise in knife crime.

The Metropolitan Police is to apply for the criminal behaviour order to prohibit the west London group from producing drill music that “references violence”.

In November last year, the police stopped the five men – Micah Bedeau, 18, Yonas Girma, 21, Isaac Marshall, 18, and two 17-year-olds who cannot be named due to legal reasons – who were armed with machetes, knives and baseball bats for a suspected revenge attack on a gang from Shepherd’s Bush.

They were convicted in May after all five pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit violent disorder at Kingston Crown Court and their sentencing began this morning.


CONVICTED: From left to right, Micah Bedeau, Yonas Girma and Isaac Marshall (Image: Met Police)

After the sentencing hearing, the Met will apply for the court to ban all five from making drill music that “references violence” for three or five years.

The police are said to present “a raft of evidence” to the court to demonstrate how the gang were promoting violence through their lyrics and actions”.

Detective Adam Lowe said: “We will take decisive action to get videos of this nature removed from the internet. Despite what the gangs may claim, there is a clear link, as in this case, to violence, and we will bring those videos before the courts to demonstrate the intention of those who make and take part in them to cause violence and disorder.”

The move to apply for a criminal behaviour order comes after last month’s removal of drill music from the video sharing website, YouTube.

The platform removed over 30 videos after the Met linked its footage to gang violence.

The Met’s chief commissioner, Cressida Dick, said social media had a “social responsibility” to remove videos that “glamorised” knife violence, even if they technically did not break the law.

She criticised the explicit lyrics in drill music, which describe “stabbings in great detail with great joy and excitement” as well as describing “obscene violence against women”.

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