In 1979, several gangs were active in London, representing various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Notable gangs included:
1. The Richardson Gang: Although its influence declined in the late 1960s, it was still active in the late 1970s. They were a predominantly white British gang involved in organized crime, extortion, and violence.
2. The Kray Twins: Ronnie and Reggie Kray were infamous twin brothers who led a gang called “The Firm.” They were known for their involvement in organized crime, including protection rackets, armed robberies, and gangland murders. The Krays were of English and Irish descent.
3. Yardie Gangs: Yardie gangs originated from Jamaica and established a presence in London in the 1970s. They were involved in drug trafficking, mainly importing and distributing cocaine and marijuana.
4. Skinhead Gangs: Skinhead subculture emerged in the 1960s in the United Kingdom. By the late 1970s, some skinhead gangs were associated with racism and white supremacy, engaging in violent activities targeting ethnic minorities.
5. Hells Angels: The Hells Angels motorcycle club was in London during the 1970s. They were known for their involvement in organized crime, including drug trafficking and violent clashes with rival gangs.
The gang landscape in London was diverse. Many other smaller gangs were likely operating in the city during the late ’70s and early ’80s, representing various nationalities and backgrounds.