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Carrot or stick for Glasgow gangs

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Street gangs in Glasgow are being urged to put down their weapons in return for help gaining qualifications and finding jobs, in a new scheme.

But the city's authorities also warn them that if they do not stop fighting they will be pursued and punished.

The strategy is based on one which dramatically reduced murder rates in the US city of Boston in the 1990s.

Phil Mackie spoke to Reg Hall, life coach for the Wise Group, about the gang problems in Glasgow.

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