The Lynx Gang (sometimes known as the Lynx Crew) was founded in the 1970s, initially to protect the local Asian community from white power skinheads. Later the gang transformed into a violent criminal gang, due to the ghettoisation and deprivation of the Asian community in Birmingham.
The gang was founded in the Small Heath are of the city, but later spread to the boroughs of Lozells, Handsworth, Alum Rock, Sparkhill, Sparkbrook and Aston. Rival gangs include the Muslim Birmingham Panthers, the Burger Bar Boys, the Sikh Shere Punjab, and the Redheads. The Lynx Gang was one of the earliest gangs to form in the city, and has become one of the largest, with an estimated membership exceeding 3,000 members.
Moazzam Begg, one of nine British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, is an ex-member of the Lynx Gang.