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Summary

County Lines - the new breed of exploitation plaguing the streets of a town near you. 

If you've heard any news report on the upsurge in knife crime recently, you'll have heard the words 'county lines'. From the street slang that was once known as 'going country' - it sees powerful drugs gangs supplying outside of the capital through an underworld 'emerging markets enterprise', using children as young as 12 and vulnerable men and women to do their dirty work.

Teens whose bereaved relatives assume they led ordinary lives, who tell us they were 'good kids', suddenly end up stabbed to death with no seeming motive. At night, on a usually quiet suburban street, a massive knife fight erupts, and two kids end up on life support. Their parents tell the news they weren't in a gang.... What is really going on? 

Jason Farrell, Home Editor at Sky News, is the man with the inside story. In this fearless, hard-hitting account, Farell shares in terrifying detail the story of the county lines phenomenon through the words of gang members and their victims themselves as well as the police and the country's leading experts.

Through exclusive interviews and meticulous research, Farell paints a vivid picture of how this murky world operates. He reveals the devastating effects 'county lines' is having upon the UK...and beyond...and, most terrifying of all, why this new, sinister crime wave means nobody is safe.

©2020 Jason Farrell (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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Good reporting

I was curious to understand the term County Lines and the background to much of the street crime reported in the U.K. press.

This book has some excellent reporting and drills down well into the business of drug crime. The author clearly has an animus towards Brexit and ‘austerity’ which crops up throughout. He explains that Brexit may make importation of drugs easier, whilst telling us the fruit imported via Rotterdam has been a source of drug shipments. He seems to believe Government should do more.

Maybe we should rethink our drugs policies and seek a greater accommodation of many of these mind altering substances, in the way we already have with alcohol, tobacco and caffeine. I didn’t hear much of this. But the willingness to bash the Government to constantly do more, more more became rather tedious in the end. .

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Fascinating

A really informative look at the crisis of County lines from a wide range of points of view. Highly recommended

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Page turner so to speak

Couldn’t put this down. Very well written with interesting content. A stark insight into a grisly reality.

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Great insight into a lesser known society

This book really changed my perception of the drug industry, especially the chapter on the role the middle class plays. as the author points out, there will always be supply if there is demand.
An interesting read

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Eye opening

Fascinating dig into a world we try to deny. Everyone should listen, especially if you snort cocaine 'socially'

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What price austerity?

Great, if terrifying, expose of life for some of our children and their families.

I liked the patchwork of the separate chapters which wove together as I listened to the narrator. It made me sad yet feeling more informed and more aware of the risks to our children.

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insightful

As a secondary school teacher, this was very insightful and gave me extra information to help my ability to safeguard my students.

The book is interesting, informative and well worth a listen for anyone working with young people or interested in the current youth culture.

One thing I can't help but think though... if the government legalised drugs, regulated them, taxed them etc then all this would stop.
As it says in the book, where there is demand there will always be supply. So why leave it to the violent gangs who are exploiting children?!

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Excellent !!!

Very scary what is going on in our country.
Blows the lid on what is really going on with drug gangs across the UK and the frightening things that go on

This also looks a what needs to be done to combat this

Very good listen and well narrated.

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Eye opener

Paul Thornley was excellent, as usual, making a difficult subject easy to take in. This book gives a clear picture of what society is facing and how we need to work together to reduce this plague.

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Must read!

Informative, brutally honest.
I cried at some of this book.
Heartbreaking everyone should read/listen to this book! Especially parents.
Experiencing some of these things first hand myself I found it very true some bits where abit off the mark but generally spot on. Love how real people gave their support and accounts for this book!