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Cuckooing victims: ‘They start as friends but end up as bullies’

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How county lines gangs are targeting vulnerable people with drug and mental health problems
Kevin looks down when a housing support worker, Jonny Goldsmith, asks him to explain why he needed to be urgently rehoused last year. “You came to us and you had to be moved with a few hours’ notice due to the risk and level of violent threats made to you that day, didn’t you?” Goldsmith said, looking at Kevin.Kevin, whose real name cannot be used for safety reasons, struggles to say it – but he had become the victim of cuckooing, where criminals target the homes of people who are vulnerable and make them the centre of a local drug operation. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/18/they-start-as-friends-but-end-as-bullies-the-victims-of-cuckooing

Author : Sarah Marsh

Publish date : 2019-09-18 15:00:06

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