Former Blackburn gang member warns of consequences

Former Blackburn gang member warns of consequences

REFORMED MAN: John Magee who used to be involved with gangs

REFORMED MAN: John Magee who used to be involved with gangs

First published in Every Action Has Consequences campaign Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy news editor

A FORMER gang member has returned to the estate where he grew up to help steer teenagers away from a life of crime.

John Magee, 37, said he spent most of his teenage years trying to avoid the police, as he took part in crime in the Roman Road and Highercroft areas of Blackburn.

Anti-social behaviour, drink and drug abuse, violence and petty theft became a way of life for John as said he bowed to pressure from his peers.

But now, after succeeding in turning his life around, he has devised a series of workshops to help others do the same.

John, who has adopted the pseudonym ‘Mister Consequence’ for his motivational talks, said: “I grew up on Highercroft when it was one of the most deprived estates in the north and notorious for high levels of crime.

“I got into trouble myself – from taking drugs and stealing, to gang-related crime.

“The turning point was when I saw a relative lying in a coma after a heroin overdose.

“That was when I realised I had to get my life sorted out.”

After turning around his life, John now wants to help others through a series of workshops.

He got the idea after meeting the family of Adam Rogers, who devised the Consequences campaign, backed by the Lancashire Telegraph, to raise awareness of the dangers of senseless violence.

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Adam was killed after a ‘single punch’ attack on a night out in Blackburn last year.

With Community and Business Partners, Mr Magee is now launching a scheme in Highercroft.

Workshops will highlight the risks and consequences of drink and drug abuse, gang crime, underage sex, bullying and violence.

The sessions take place through the Highercroft Action Group and the Yo Club in Roman Road.

For more information visit www.misterconsequence.co.uk.

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7:57pm Mon 30 Aug 10

badboy says...

TO LATE,to much cheap drink about,and police dont give a ****,unless they are doing a cover up
TO LATE,to much cheap drink about,and police dont give a ****,unless they are doing a cover up badboy
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8:46pm Mon 30 Aug 10

Scooby says...

I trust he's paid for this advertising article? I just didn't see "Advert" at the top anywhere
I trust he's paid for this advertising article? I just didn't see "Advert" at the top anywhere Scooby
  • Score: -1

9:35pm Mon 30 Aug 10

Little Diamond says...

scooby what's your problem? Dont you like the idea of someone trying to help others?
scooby what's your problem? Dont you like the idea of someone trying to help others? Little Diamond
  • Score: 1

5:27am Tue 31 Aug 10

adelaideblue says...

badboy wrote:
TO LATE,to much cheap drink about,and police dont give a ****,unless they are doing a cover up
Shut up you moron.
[quote][p][bold]badboy[/bold] wrote: TO LATE,to much cheap drink about,and police dont give a ****,unless they are doing a cover up[/p][/quote]Shut up you moron. adelaideblue
  • Score: 0

8:45am Tue 31 Aug 10

Little Diamond says...

Ah Blackburner thanks for the information. I take it you know John well, and have first hand information that allows you to point out to others what a waste of time this project is????
Ah Blackburner thanks for the information. I take it you know John well, and have first hand information that allows you to point out to others what a waste of time this project is???? Little Diamond
  • Score: 0

8:46am Tue 31 Aug 10

DEO VOLENTE says...

As previously stated crime an disorder exploded under the last "New Labour" government. "New Labour" are and always were "Soft on Crime and Soft on the causes of Crime". In relation to this point ASBO's have been a classic "New Labour" failure. The vast majority of ASBO's are breached, whereby no further action is taken. In addition ASBOs are merely "Badges of Honour" for some criminals. We must also never forget that "New Labour" are responsible for allowing Hundred's of Thousand's of "Foreign" criminals into the U.K. unchecked. In relation to the latter point, "New Labour" also failed on their "War on Drugs". The Drugs Intervention Programme has used up millions of pounds of taxpayers money with virtually no positive outcomes. "New Labour" failed on their "War on Drugs" due to their reluctance to accept who is actually responsible for the importing, supplying and dealing Class A drugs. In other words "New Labour" political correctness prevented the "real" criminals who are responsible for Class A drug offences, including "Foriegn criminals", from being arrested and given adequate custodial sentences. On a different note, we must also never forget that under "New labour" the gap between the rich and poor in the U.K. grew wider than it did under the Thatcher government. This inevitably leads some people, especially young people, into crime. In addition, in relation to young people in the UK. "New Labour" is directly responsible for ruining their life chances. "New Labour" are responsible for creating Hundred's of Thousand's of "NEETS. That is young people who have left school and are not in "Education, Employment or Training". In the U.K. we are currently living with the "New Labour" nightmare legacy. Thankfully "New Labour" have been rejected by the U.K. electorate and the new coalition government is starting to address the serious economic and moral mess left behind by "New Labour". We must never allow "New Labour" back into office. As "Lord Mandelson" pointed out David Miliband is the "Heir to Blair". We must never let another "Blair" and another politically disorientated, spendaholic, champagne socilaist "New Labour" shambles back into office.
Deus Vobiscum
As previously stated crime an disorder exploded under the last "New Labour" government. "New Labour" are and always were "Soft on Crime and Soft on the causes of Crime". In relation to this point ASBO's have been a classic "New Labour" failure. The vast majority of ASBO's are breached, whereby no further action is taken. In addition ASBOs are merely "Badges of Honour" for some criminals. We must also never forget that "New Labour" are responsible for allowing Hundred's of Thousand's of "Foreign" criminals into the U.K. unchecked. In relation to the latter point, "New Labour" also failed on their "War on Drugs". The Drugs Intervention Programme has used up millions of pounds of taxpayers money with virtually no positive outcomes. "New Labour" failed on their "War on Drugs" due to their reluctance to accept who is actually responsible for the importing, supplying and dealing Class A drugs. In other words "New Labour" political correctness prevented the "real" criminals who are responsible for Class A drug offences, including "Foriegn criminals", from being arrested and given adequate custodial sentences. On a different note, we must also never forget that under "New labour" the gap between the rich and poor in the U.K. grew wider than it did under the Thatcher government. This inevitably leads some people, especially young people, into crime. In addition, in relation to young people in the UK. "New Labour" is directly responsible for ruining their life chances. "New Labour" are responsible for creating Hundred's of Thousand's of "NEETS. That is young people who have left school and are not in "Education, Employment or Training". In the U.K. we are currently living with the "New Labour" nightmare legacy. Thankfully "New Labour" have been rejected by the U.K. electorate and the new coalition government is starting to address the serious economic and moral mess left behind by "New Labour". We must never allow "New Labour" back into office. As "Lord Mandelson" pointed out David Miliband is the "Heir to Blair". We must never let another "Blair" and another politically disorientated, spendaholic, champagne socilaist "New Labour" shambles back into office. Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
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1:08pm Tue 31 Aug 10

time.team says...

To John Magee: There’s mistrust everywhere these days. Self profiteering Politicians, knock on the door salespeople, biased advertising. But only you know the truth in what your doing. The problem is others don’t and will criticize. But don’t let those negatives put you off. Prove yourself by your own example.
But I wish you well and pleased that your trying to make something of your life. Good luck to you and hope your able to persuade others!
To John Magee: There’s mistrust everywhere these days. Self profiteering Politicians, knock on the door salespeople, biased advertising. But only you know the truth in what your doing. The problem is others don’t and will criticize. But don’t let those negatives put you off. Prove yourself by your own example. But I wish you well and pleased that your trying to make something of your life. Good luck to you and hope your able to persuade others! time.team
  • Score: 1

2:05pm Tue 31 Aug 10

andy1 says...

DEO VOLENTE wrote:
As previously stated crime an disorder exploded under the last "New Labour" government. "New Labour" are and always were "Soft on Crime and Soft on the causes of Crime". In relation to this point ASBO's have been a classic "New Labour" failure. The vast majority of ASBO's are breached, whereby no further action is taken. In addition ASBOs are merely "Badges of Honour" for some criminals. We must also never forget that "New Labour" are responsible for allowing Hundred's of Thousand's of "Foreign" criminals into the U.K. unchecked. In relation to the latter point, "New Labour" also failed on their "War on Drugs". The Drugs Intervention Programme has used up millions of pounds of taxpayers money with virtually no positive outcomes. "New Labour" failed on their "War on Drugs" due to their reluctance to accept who is actually responsible for the importing, supplying and dealing Class A drugs. In other words "New Labour" political correctness prevented the "real" criminals who are responsible for Class A drug offences, including "Foriegn criminals", from being arrested and given adequate custodial sentences. On a different note, we must also never forget that under "New labour" the gap between the rich and poor in the U.K. grew wider than it did under the Thatcher government. This inevitably leads some people, especially young people, into crime. In addition, in relation to young people in the UK. "New Labour" is directly responsible for ruining their life chances. "New Labour" are responsible for creating Hundred's of Thousand's of "NEETS. That is young people who have left school and are not in "Education, Employment or Training". In the U.K. we are currently living with the "New Labour" nightmare legacy. Thankfully "New Labour" have been rejected by the U.K. electorate and the new coalition government is starting to address the serious economic and moral mess left behind by "New Labour". We must never allow "New Labour" back into office. As "Lord Mandelson" pointed out David Miliband is the "Heir to Blair". We must never let another "Blair" and another politically disorientated, spendaholic, champagne socilaist "New Labour" shambles back into office.
Deus Vobiscum
I suppose that there was never crime before New Labour? Mind you there where plonkers and no doubt you was one of them. Wait until these lovely spending cuts take hold watch the crime rates sore then come back and waffle on. Letting the Tories in was the worst decission that could happen. The Party conference is soon upon us lets see how many Lib Dems demand the head of Clegg for forming a Government with Cameron. I voted Lib Dem as a protest against Usherr. I did certinaly not vote for a copalition vote that involved Cameron.
[quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: As previously stated crime an disorder exploded under the last "New Labour" government. "New Labour" are and always were "Soft on Crime and Soft on the causes of Crime". In relation to this point ASBO's have been a classic "New Labour" failure. The vast majority of ASBO's are breached, whereby no further action is taken. In addition ASBOs are merely "Badges of Honour" for some criminals. We must also never forget that "New Labour" are responsible for allowing Hundred's of Thousand's of "Foreign" criminals into the U.K. unchecked. In relation to the latter point, "New Labour" also failed on their "War on Drugs". The Drugs Intervention Programme has used up millions of pounds of taxpayers money with virtually no positive outcomes. "New Labour" failed on their "War on Drugs" due to their reluctance to accept who is actually responsible for the importing, supplying and dealing Class A drugs. In other words "New Labour" political correctness prevented the "real" criminals who are responsible for Class A drug offences, including "Foriegn criminals", from being arrested and given adequate custodial sentences. On a different note, we must also never forget that under "New labour" the gap between the rich and poor in the U.K. grew wider than it did under the Thatcher government. This inevitably leads some people, especially young people, into crime. In addition, in relation to young people in the UK. "New Labour" is directly responsible for ruining their life chances. "New Labour" are responsible for creating Hundred's of Thousand's of "NEETS. That is young people who have left school and are not in "Education, Employment or Training". In the U.K. we are currently living with the "New Labour" nightmare legacy. Thankfully "New Labour" have been rejected by the U.K. electorate and the new coalition government is starting to address the serious economic and moral mess left behind by "New Labour". We must never allow "New Labour" back into office. As "Lord Mandelson" pointed out David Miliband is the "Heir to Blair". We must never let another "Blair" and another politically disorientated, spendaholic, champagne socilaist "New Labour" shambles back into office. Deus Vobiscum[/p][/quote]I suppose that there was never crime before New Labour? Mind you there where plonkers and no doubt you was one of them. Wait until these lovely spending cuts take hold watch the crime rates sore then come back and waffle on. Letting the Tories in was the worst decission that could happen. The Party conference is soon upon us lets see how many Lib Dems demand the head of Clegg for forming a Government with Cameron. I voted Lib Dem as a protest against Usherr. I did certinaly not vote for a copalition vote that involved Cameron. andy1
  • Score: 0

4:58pm Tue 31 Aug 10

duke bar says...

Give the lad a chance if he wants to change his ways why not.

If he is genuine fair play to him

People who are criminals ,learn nothing from probation officers ,policemen or the judges who send them to jail.

If an excon can talk some sense into these people good luck to him.

Its easy to knock ,and put people down.
If he can change 1 lad or lass from commiting more crime this is excellent as the judges and police can not do it.
Give the lad a chance if he wants to change his ways why not. If he is genuine fair play to him People who are criminals ,learn nothing from probation officers ,policemen or the judges who send them to jail. If an excon can talk some sense into these people good luck to him. Its easy to knock ,and put people down. If he can change 1 lad or lass from commiting more crime this is excellent as the judges and police can not do it. duke bar
  • Score: 1

7:30pm Tue 31 Aug 10

DEO VOLENTE says...

As previously stated "New Labour" and their politically disorientated, spendaholic, champagne socialism are responsible for the economic and moral decline of the U.K. "New Labour" have now been rejected by the U.K. electorate. The new coalition government have now started to address the "New Labour" legacy. This will lead to many difficult decisions. These difficult decisions have however been forced onto the new coalition due to the irresponsible and naive last "New Labour" government. Thankfully "New Labour" are now consigned to the political wilderness for many, many years. We must never allow "New Labour" to corrupt and infect the U.K. again. Are you listening Mr Miliband?
As previously stated "New Labour" and their politically disorientated, spendaholic, champagne socialism are responsible for the economic and moral decline of the U.K. "New Labour" have now been rejected by the U.K. electorate. The new coalition government have now started to address the "New Labour" legacy. This will lead to many difficult decisions. These difficult decisions have however been forced onto the new coalition due to the irresponsible and naive last "New Labour" government. Thankfully "New Labour" are now consigned to the political wilderness for many, many years. We must never allow "New Labour" to corrupt and infect the U.K. again. Are you listening Mr Miliband? DEO VOLENTE
  • Score: 0

8:39pm Tue 31 Aug 10

excaliber says...

DEO VOLENTE wrote:
As previously stated "New Labour" and their politically disorientated, spendaholic, champagne socialism are responsible for the economic and moral decline of the U.K. "New Labour" have now been rejected by the U.K. electorate. The new coalition government have now started to address the "New Labour" legacy. This will lead to many difficult decisions. These difficult decisions have however been forced onto the new coalition due to the irresponsible and naive last "New Labour" government. Thankfully "New Labour" are now consigned to the political wilderness for many, many years. We must never allow "New Labour" to corrupt and infect the U.K. again. Are you listening Mr Miliband?
Do you just copy and paste the same cr*p into every post, or do you use some software that generates it?
[quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: As previously stated "New Labour" and their politically disorientated, spendaholic, champagne socialism are responsible for the economic and moral decline of the U.K. "New Labour" have now been rejected by the U.K. electorate. The new coalition government have now started to address the "New Labour" legacy. This will lead to many difficult decisions. These difficult decisions have however been forced onto the new coalition due to the irresponsible and naive last "New Labour" government. Thankfully "New Labour" are now consigned to the political wilderness for many, many years. We must never allow "New Labour" to corrupt and infect the U.K. again. Are you listening Mr Miliband?[/p][/quote]Do you just copy and paste the same cr*p into every post, or do you use some software that generates it? excaliber
  • Score: 0

8:41pm Tue 31 Aug 10

excaliber says...

DEO VOLENTE wrote:
As previously stated "New Labour" and their politically disorientated, spendaholic, champagne socialism are responsible for the economic and moral decline of the U.K. "New Labour" have now been rejected by the U.K. electorate. The new coalition government have now started to address the "New Labour" legacy. This will lead to many difficult decisions. These difficult decisions have however been forced onto the new coalition due to the irresponsible and naive last "New Labour" government. Thankfully "New Labour" are now consigned to the political wilderness for many, many years. We must never allow "New Labour" to corrupt and infect the U.K. again. Are you listening Mr Miliband?
Do you just copy and paste the same cr*p into every post, or do you use some software that generates it?
[quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: As previously stated "New Labour" and their politically disorientated, spendaholic, champagne socialism are responsible for the economic and moral decline of the U.K. "New Labour" have now been rejected by the U.K. electorate. The new coalition government have now started to address the "New Labour" legacy. This will lead to many difficult decisions. These difficult decisions have however been forced onto the new coalition due to the irresponsible and naive last "New Labour" government. Thankfully "New Labour" are now consigned to the political wilderness for many, many years. We must never allow "New Labour" to corrupt and infect the U.K. again. Are you listening Mr Miliband?[/p][/quote]Do you just copy and paste the same cr*p into every post, or do you use some software that generates it? excaliber
  • Score: 0

9:45pm Tue 31 Aug 10

DEO VOLENTE says...

As previously stated " New Labour" are responsible for the moral and economic decline of the U.K. "New Labour are and always have been "Soft on Crime and Soft on the causes of Crime". "New Labour" and their politically disorientated, politically (In) correct, spendaholic, champagne socilaist policies have infected and corrupted the U.K. The U.K. electorate recognised this and voted them out of office at the last general election. We must never allow "New Labour Quislings" to infect and corrupt the U.K. again. Are you listening Mr Miliband. "Fiat Lux".
Deus Vobiscum.
As previously stated " New Labour" are responsible for the moral and economic decline of the U.K. "New Labour are and always have been "Soft on Crime and Soft on the causes of Crime". "New Labour" and their politically disorientated, politically (In) correct, spendaholic, champagne socilaist policies have infected and corrupted the U.K. The U.K. electorate recognised this and voted them out of office at the last general election. We must never allow "New Labour Quislings" to infect and corrupt the U.K. again. Are you listening Mr Miliband. "Fiat Lux". Deus Vobiscum. DEO VOLENTE
  • Score: 0

8:58am Wed 1 Sep 10

proud_mummy says...

good luck hope you get the outcome your after its, about time someone attempted to help
good luck hope you get the outcome your after its, about time someone attempted to help proud_mummy
  • Score: 1

10:34am Wed 1 Sep 10

Chris P Bacon says...

I know. It's almost unbelievable that someone like the Latin loser exists who actually knows less than nothing. I can't read all of the guff he writes, I'd keel over lauging at the idiocy and the self-important, pretentious knob-headed way he goes about it but I do enjoy knowing there's so many of them out there being cared for in the community the way he is.
I know. It's almost unbelievable that someone like the Latin loser exists who actually knows less than nothing. I can't read all of the guff he writes, I'd keel over lauging at the idiocy and the self-important, pretentious knob-headed way he goes about it but I do enjoy knowing there's so many of them out there being cared for in the community the way he is. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 0

3:39pm Wed 1 Sep 10

defective typewriter says...

keep up the good work john,
the time is now... and always is.
keep up the good work john, the time is now... and always is. defective typewriter
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