A former gang leader who sold pitbull terriers has turned his life around and written a book about dangerous dogs

This Is Local London: A former gang leader who sold pitbull terriers has turned his life around and written a book about dangerous dogs A former gang leader who sold pitbull terriers has turned his life around and written a book about dangerous dogs

A former gang leader who was involved in illegal dog sales but turned his life around has written a book about the role of dogs in gangs.

Wallington man Justin Rollins got into graffiti tagging when he was just nine-years-old and this led to him becoming the leader of the violent WZ gang when he was 14.

Graffiti tagging led to more serious crime as the gang tried to protect its turf and make a name for itself - and this included purchasing dangerous and illegal dogs like pitbull terriers and selling them on.

Mr Rollins, who now lives in Tooting, turned his life around after a spell in prison for injuring two people with a broken bottle after a gang of 14 youths set upon him in Sutton town centre.

This Is Local London:

Justin Rollins reads his new book

Since getting on the straight-and-narrow, the 29-year-old father-of-one has turned his attentions to writing and has already published two successful memoirs and a book of poetry.

Now he has turned his attentions to world of dogs in gangs.

He said: "I was the victim of a dog attack when I was three.

"A Doberman attacked me and I have a big scar on my head from it so I know about the effects of dangerous dogs from a victim's point of view.

"But I also see it from another point of view - when I was in stuff on the street I would purchase pitbull dogs and sell them on for a profit.

"This book is about the whole culture of dangerous dogs. I look at the incident where Gloria Knowles was killed by dogs in Morden and where Barbara Williams was killed in Wallington.

"I do an interview with a gang member who uses dogs as a weapon and an interview with an Irish traveller who's involved in the illegal dog scene."

Mr Rollins said the book also looks at the culture surrounding dangerous dogs including the rap music that glamorises them and suggests that laws need to be changed to successfully protect the public from these animals.

He added: "Having a list of banned breeds doesn't work - it isn't down to the breeds. In the right hands pit bulls can be fine, but in the wrong hands non-banned dogs are dangerous and kill people.

"There should be a long list of potentially dangerous dogs and people should need a licence to look after them and walk them in public."

Status Dogs and Gangs is available through Amazon priced at £7.96 for the print edition and £1.84 for the Kindle edition.

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1:10pm Tue 29 Apr 14

lulu64uk says...

And are the proceeds of this book going to help the dog victims of illegle dog fighting and dog baiting baiting ? or is it for personal gain ? How many of these dogs he sold ended up so badly injured that they died in extreme pain ? I sincerley hope that his big turn around does not mean he will be profitting from their misery ?
And are the proceeds of this book going to help the dog victims of illegle dog fighting and dog baiting baiting ? or is it for personal gain ? How many of these dogs he sold ended up so badly injured that they died in extreme pain ? I sincerley hope that his big turn around does not mean he will be profitting from their misery ? lulu64uk
  • Score: 17

1:28pm Tue 29 Apr 14

lulu64uk says...

"I do an interview with a gang member who uses dogs as a weapon and an interview with an Irish traveller who's involved in the illegal dog scene."

And these people have been reported to the police ?
"I do an interview with a gang member who uses dogs as a weapon and an interview with an Irish traveller who's involved in the illegal dog scene." And these people have been reported to the police ? lulu64uk
  • Score: 12

3:22pm Tue 29 Apr 14

lulu64uk says...

He added: "Having a list of banned breeds doesn't work - it isn't down to the breeds.

Then

"There should be a long list of potentially dangerous dogs and people should need a licence to look after them and walk them in public."

So having a list of banned breeds doesnt work, so why should there be a longer list ?

Am confused
He added: "Having a list of banned breeds doesn't work - it isn't down to the breeds. Then "There should be a long list of potentially dangerous dogs and people should need a licence to look after them and walk them in public." So having a list of banned breeds doesnt work, so why should there be a longer list ? Am confused lulu64uk
  • Score: 12

4:28pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Jane588 says...

lulu64uk wrote:
And are the proceeds of this book going to help the dog victims of illegle dog fighting and dog baiting baiting ? or is it for personal gain ? How many of these dogs he sold ended up so badly injured that they died in extreme pain ? I sincerley hope that his big turn around does not mean he will be profitting from their misery ?
If you read the article properly you would see that he was a victim of a dog attack as a 3 year old and he served his time for his crimes. Oh he's meant to rot in jail is he?
And if you researched him properly you would find that he is working extremely hard to prevent youths going down the same road he did.
On top of that do all major TV channels have to report people they interview about criminal matters? I don't think so!
But let's keyboard slate off a man that has turned negative to positive.
One thing I realise when it comes to my own work with troubled youths is they come up against the snotty nosed like the ones who write comments on here.
Go and write your own book if you are so concerned about writing negative BULL on a huge problem you clearly have no clue about!
[quote][p][bold]lulu64uk[/bold] wrote: And are the proceeds of this book going to help the dog victims of illegle dog fighting and dog baiting baiting ? or is it for personal gain ? How many of these dogs he sold ended up so badly injured that they died in extreme pain ? I sincerley hope that his big turn around does not mean he will be profitting from their misery ?[/p][/quote]If you read the article properly you would see that he was a victim of a dog attack as a 3 year old and he served his time for his crimes. Oh he's meant to rot in jail is he? And if you researched him properly you would find that he is working extremely hard to prevent youths going down the same road he did. On top of that do all major TV channels have to report people they interview about criminal matters? I don't think so! But let's keyboard slate off a man that has turned negative to positive. One thing I realise when it comes to my own work with troubled youths is they come up against the snotty nosed like the ones who write comments on here. Go and write your own book if you are so concerned about writing negative BULL on a huge problem you clearly have no clue about! Jane588
  • Score: -1

4:48pm Tue 29 Apr 14

lulu64uk says...

I did read the article fully, being a victim of a dog attacked does not excuse his actions in dealing with the illegal selling of Pit Bull terriers, I myself was attacked as a child but did not choose to aid and abet animal suffering.
I also believe that it is everyones duty to report known crimes, regardless of whether it is reported in the press/TV - a crime is a crime is it not ?
I am happy that he has turned a negitive into a positive and will help others avoid the route he took as a youngster, so surely that should include compassion, hence wouldnt it be a lovely gesture if the funds made form the sale of this book went to say the RSPCA whos inspectors are regulary breaking up illegal dog fights ?
As for not knowing about the problem of Dangerous Dogs, I owned an American Pit Bull Terrier (originally registered under the 1991 DDA) Yes, thats right. this snotty nosed one owned a Pit Bull from 1989 until she died in 2002, thankfully from old age and not being torn to peices in an illegal dog fighting ring.
I did read the article fully, being a victim of a dog attacked does not excuse his actions in dealing with the illegal selling of Pit Bull terriers, I myself was attacked as a child but did not choose to aid and abet animal suffering. I also believe that it is everyones duty to report known crimes, regardless of whether it is reported in the press/TV - a crime is a crime is it not ? I am happy that he has turned a negitive into a positive and will help others avoid the route he took as a youngster, so surely that should include compassion, hence wouldnt it be a lovely gesture if the funds made form the sale of this book went to say the RSPCA whos inspectors are regulary breaking up illegal dog fights ? As for not knowing about the problem of Dangerous Dogs, I owned an American Pit Bull Terrier (originally registered under the 1991 DDA) Yes, thats right. this snotty nosed one owned a Pit Bull from 1989 until she died in 2002, thankfully from old age and not being torn to peices in an illegal dog fighting ring. lulu64uk
  • Score: 14

9:13pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Krissi says...

Always people blame the dogs- any dog can be dangerous if it is trained to be so - even a labrador- in fact hubby was a postie and the only dog he ever had any trouble with was a black lab- whose owner kept her in when the postie came but one day she got out- basically someone was looking after her didn't know she hated posties Hubby had to stand while she went -growling all the time around him- hoping she'd bite him somewhere it wouldn't hurt too much until the guy got her in so he could deliver their post yet he had been on rounds where there were rottweilers rhodesian ridgebacks and all sorts of other dogs which could be considered dangerous and had no trouble at all- except doggy breath when they tried to be friendly
Always people blame the dogs- any dog can be dangerous if it is trained to be so - even a labrador- in fact hubby was a postie and the only dog he ever had any trouble with was a black lab- whose owner kept her in when the postie came but one day she got out- basically someone was looking after her didn't know she hated posties Hubby had to stand while she went -growling all the time around him- hoping she'd bite him somewhere it wouldn't hurt too much until the guy got her in so he could deliver their post yet he had been on rounds where there were rottweilers rhodesian ridgebacks and all sorts of other dogs which could be considered dangerous and had no trouble at all- except doggy breath when they tried to be friendly Krissi
  • Score: 14

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