30th January 2018
A significant increase in violent crime associated with drug gangs who groom young children has been reported by more than two thirds of police forces.
According to a survey of police forces by Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport, the extreme violence includes murders, rapes, stabbings, kidnappings, a hand severed off with a machete, legs broken and use of boiling water, knives, bats and hammers.
Ms Coffey, who is the chair of the All Party Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, wrote to all 45 police forces in Great Britain asking specifically if violence linked to so-called ‘County Lines’ had increased.
All 45 responded and of those 70% (32 police forces) stated that levels of violence linked to County Lines had increased recently. Others talked more generally about ‘high levels of violence”.
As we begin 2018, I have been thinking about all the children who were born in the year 2000 and now coming up to age 18 – and what their lives will be like in the future.
These young people, the millennium generation, have grown up in the exciting and challenging internet age. Social media has become their main source of news and their primary way of communicating – often capturing every moment of their lives on their phones, in tweets and snapchats for all the world to see.
Drugs gangs targeting vulnerable children in Greater Manchester
Ann Coffey MP warned today that vulnerable children in Greater Manchester are being targeted by violent criminal gangs to transport and sell drugs across the country.
Speaking in a House of Commons adjournment debate on ‘County Lines’, Ms Coffey said that children in children’s homes and Pupil Referral Units were being groomed and used by gangs. She urged anyone who suspected this was happening in their community to report it to Greater Manchester Police.