They plague neighbourhoods. They bully, terrorise and abuse. But the Minister of State at the British Home Office has had enough. In her latest crusade, she's taking on girl gangs - including the hard-core gangs who carry knives and commit vicious assaults on people, as well as the groups of girls who hang around on street corners intimidating residents - and, as usual, she's in no mood to pussy-foot around. In her usual forthright manner, Ann tackles the problem head-on, spending an evening out with a young mum, 24-year-old Kim, who carried out violent attacks including stabbing a man in the neck and leaving him for dead. Ann says: 'We need to know that now that things have gone this far, punishment alone isn't going to sort it. We need some pretty active intervention.' A chat with some of her ex-colleagues might be a step in the right direction.