Ann Coffey

Monthly Archives: July 2017


MIDDLE CLASS CHILDREN FORCED TO RUN DRUGS

14th July 2017

Children and young people from middle-class families are in danger of being groomed by urban criminal gangs to sell drugs in county towns, according to a new report.

Today’s report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults follows the revelation from the National Crime Agency last year that 80 per cent of police areas are now reporting exploitation of children by criminal gangs.

The NCA said that using children in ‘county lines’ operations – the supply of class A drugs from Urban areas to county towns – has spread out from London gangs to the rest of the country, including Greater Manchester and Liverpool.

Today’s APPG report warns that children and young people from ‘stable and economically better off backgrounds’ are being drawn in, coerced and exploited by criminal gangs.

Continue Reading Article