Saturday, December 29, 2007

God and the gangs: A video diary (London Times)

Once home to notorious urban rappers, So Solid Crew, the Winstanley Estate in London is a hub for drug, gun, and gang crime in the South of England.

Drug exclusion zones, zero tolerance policing, and CCTV cameras on every corner of the council estate, have not stopped the illegal deals going on behind the closed doors of the high-rise blocks in this annexe of South West London.

But the Winstanley Estate is also the unlikely location of a church full of middle-class 20 somethings who are hoping to change the area's image and bring God to the people living there.

Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent of The Times, went along to investigate whether the church can succeed in bringing change where government initiatives have systematically failed.

Here for the Video and more.

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