12th century "Hoodies" terrorized medieval London

According to historian Professor Robert Bartlett, youth gangs are nothing new. They existed in 12th century London and wore hooded garments which hid their identities during rampages.

The worst offenders were the 'teenage apprentice boys of London, lawless, violent and the scourge of the capital.' "They were away from home for seven years with no parental control and they would riot regularly for political and religious reasons," said Bartlett.