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We'll throw the book at gangs: Vic govt

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January 09, 2018

Acting Premier James Merlino says Victoria will "throw the book" at youth gangs.

Victoria is safe, insists Acting Premier James Merlino, who has refused to say whether state and federal governments have discussed the issue of African youth crime.

Mr Merlino returned to the job on Tuesday, after a Christmas break during which public debate on youth gangs escalated following a series of crimes committed by people of African appearance.

While Victoria is safe, Mr Merlino said "there are communities that do fear about the level of safety in their community" and the government is taking the issue seriously.

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