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Middle class children groomed to sell drugs.

Middle class children groomed to sell drugs.

Middle class children are being groomed to sell drugs by criminal gangs branching out from cities into rural towns, a report has warned.

Children as young as eight from "stable and economically better-off" backgrounds are at risk of being exploited by gangs using “county lines” tactics, which facilitate the supply of class A drugs from urban areas to county or coastal towns, it found.

The report, by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults said the drug distribution model had spread from London to the rest of the country, including Manchester and Liverpool.

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