Gangs
2008

In the northeast of Scouserland, aka Croxteth, Liverpool, there lies a delightful old stately home. About 500 acres of it were made into a country park in 1972 and all through the year, families take day trips there to frolic in the fields, eat ice cream, and have a go on the swings. It’s bloody lovely, it is.

But sadly for the holidaymakers, the area directly surrounding the park is run by a multitude of submachine-gun-firing gangs, the average age of which is around 15 years old. These kids were all busy getting on with their day-to-day trade of shooting each other and supplying the city’s junkies with regular supplies of crack and heroin, all well underneath the public radar, until one of them mistakenly shot an 11-year-old named Rhys Jones in the back of the head during a gang fight just over a year ago.

Soon after, British true-crime author and undercover reporter par excellence Graham Johnson traveled up to Croxteth with photographer Stuart Griffiths to get in good with the children who run these gangs. This is what they came back with.

Andy Capper, Vice Magazine 2008

Soon after, British true-crime author and undercover reporter par excellence Graham Johnson traveled up to Croxteth with photographer Stuart Griffiths to get in good with the children who run these gangs. This is what they came back with.

© Stuart Griffiths Photography 2020