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County Lines

Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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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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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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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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Investigative Journalism at it’s best

Thank you Jason Farrell for this fantastic insight into County Lines. What a wonderful listen read so powerfully by Paul Thornley.
I now have a proper understanding of what ‘County lines’ are and the impact they are having on Class A drug distribution in the UK.
An absolutely fascinating book. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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An essential read for anyone with kids

Eye opening insight into how the inner city drugs gangs are infiltrating the smaller towns and villages.

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Real insight in to the evilness

Really made you want to keep listening/reading, the insight into the evilness that is county lines. Gripping

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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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Underground world all around you

it goes into the details of where we are failing our young and how (mostly immigrants) that the government let live here from war torn countries have taken over the drug market and brutalized it.