County lines

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‘Professional adverts’ for county lines ensnaring children on Instagram and Snapchat
Drugs traffickers changing methods to recruit children as young as seven, parliamentary education committee hears

Diane Taylor

28, Feb, 2023 @5:21 PM

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The car drew up. The children got in: UK child asylum-seekers’ narrow escape from kidnap
Alleged traffickers abducted three children from outside a Home Office-run hotel in Brighton last May. They were lucky to evade capture – many don’t

Mark Townsend

29, Jan, 2023 @6:30 AM

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The Guardian view on young asylum seekers going missing: unsafe spaces | Editorial
Editorial: Chilling reports of children disappearing from Home Office hotels must bring an end to this failed policy


23, Jan, 2023 @6:45 PM

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‘They just vanish’: whistleblowers met by wall of complacency over missing migrant children
As scores of youngsters are disappearing from hotels run by the Home Office and being trafficked across the country, sources claims warnings over their safety were ignored

Mark Townsend Home affairs editor

21, Jan, 2023 @6:14 PM

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Burgers and coats: county lines gangs exploit hardship to recruit UK kids
Headteachers report that drug groups are using the cost of living crisis to groom cold and hungry pupils

Anna Fazackerley

10, Dec, 2022 @12:28 PM

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King Hamlin review – trapped teens face up to lives at knife-point
Excellent performances enhance this story of three young boys hurtling towards gang culture

Arifa Akbar

25, Oct, 2022 @1:00 PM

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UK’s people trafficking referrals at record high, Home Office data shows
Government’s system for potential trafficking victims to access support had 4,171 referrals from April to June

Diane Taylor

11, Aug, 2022 @1:29 PM

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Teenager brings complaint against Met police over alleged racist stereotyping
19-year-old says he was groomed into county lines crime then was treated as drug gang member by police

Diane Taylor

20, Jun, 2022 @2:52 PM

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Party drug users are fuelling serious crime, says Sajid Javid
Health secretary says cocaine trade causes ‘suffering, violence and exploitation at every stage’

Rajeev Syal and Rowena Mason

06, Dec, 2021 @11:59 PM

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Councils face call to prioritise gang victims for rehousing
FoI research finds threats or links to crime put 26,500 people at risk of homelessness in England and Wales

Jessica Elgot

19, Oct, 2021 @4:27 PM

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Drug reform is the holy grail – but don’t expect answers at the G7 | Simon Jenkins
If Boris Johnson were to raise the issue with Joe Biden, the president might reply that at least he is trying, says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins

11, Jun, 2021 @12:02 PM

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Northern Ireland: children are being ‘encouraged to commit criminal acts’
After a week of unrest police and politicians voice fears that gangs are coercing children to take part in violence

Lisa O'Carroll and Rory Carroll in Belfast

10, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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