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.
MP meets computer coders of the future
Stockport MP Ann Coffey visited Priestnall High School in Heaton Moor, and spent some time with pupils from Year 8 who have started using the BBC micro:bit to learn about computer coding.
I was really pleased to visit the Noah Festival at St George’s Church earlier this month. The Noah Festival was a successful week-long arts festival in the church, which featured fabulous artistic and craft contributions from local schools, nurseries and community groups, including an amazing ark and rainbow that was built and designed by pupils at St George’s C of E Primary School.