UN says UK cities now 'no-go areas controlled by drugs gangs'
Published 29/02/2012 | 05:00
THE United Nations yesterday said sections of British cities are becoming no-go areas where drugs gangs are effectively in control.
Professor Hamid Ghodse, president of the UN's International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), said there was "a vicious cycle of social exclusion and drug problems and fractured communities" in cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
The development of "no-go areas" was being fuelled by threats such as social inequality, migration and celebrities normalising drug abuse, he warned.
Helping marginalised communities with drug problems "must be a priority", he said.
"We are looking at social cohesion, social disintegration and illegal drugs.
"Drug traffickers, organised crime, drug users, they take over. They will get the sort of governance of those areas.
"Examples are in Brazil, Mexico, in the US, in the UK, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, and therefore it is no good to have only law enforcement, which always shows it does not succeed," added Mr Ghodse.
A UK Home Office spokesman said: "We want to stop young people from joining gangs in the first place through intervention and support to children and families at risk of gang violence.
"This will be matched with tough and intensive enforcement action."