GHETTO BLASTED

Brit in­ner cities ‘bad as Mex­ico’ says UN boss

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SI­MON DEAN si­mon@sun­daysport.co.uk

PARTS of in­ner-city Bri­tain are be­com­ing as law­less as the bloody, drug-rav­aged bad­lands of Latin Amer­ica, a United Na­tions boss has sen­sa­tion­ally claimed.

Pro­fes­sor Hamid Gh­odse, pres­i­dent of the UN’S In­ter­na­tional Nar­cotics Con­trol Board (INCB), said ar­eas of Manch­ester, Liver­pool and Birm­ing­ham have be­come ‘no-go’ ghet­toes where the law is los­ing the bat­tle against drug traf­fick­ers and or­gan­ised crime.

Gangs run­ning parts of the three cities were di­rectly com­pared to the drug car­tels which hold sway over large parts of Brazil and Mex­ico.

Prof Gh­odse said the cities were trapped in ‘a vi­cious cy­cle of so­cial ex­clu­sion and drugs prob­lems and frac­tured com­mu­ni­ties’.

The de­vel­op­ment of ‘no-go ar­eas’ is be­ing fu­elled by threats such as so­cial in­equal­ity, mi­gra­tion and celebri­ties nor­mal­is­ing drug abuse, he warned.

“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 United States, in the UK, Birm­ing­ham, Liver­pool, Manch­ester, and there­fore it is no good to have only law en­force­ment, which al­ways shows it does not suc­ceed.”

But top plod Tim Hol­lis, Chief Con­sta­ble of Hum­ber­side, hit back at the prof ’s com­ments.

Prob­lems

Speak­ing for the As­so­ci­a­tion of Chief Po­lice Of­fi­cers, Hol­lis – no re­la­tion to The Bill’s PC Reg Hol­lis – said: “I sim­ply do not recog­nise the ref­er­ence to “no go” ar­eas in the UK.

“All po­lice forces work closely with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, crim­i­nal jus­tice part­ners and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to tackle crim­i­nal­ity in re­la­tion to drugs, act­ing on in­tel­li­gence re­ceived and ad­dress­ing prob­lems ro­bustly.’

How­ever he added: “I wel­come the re­port in that it high­lights the many pos­i­tive ini­tia­tives be­ing car­ried out across the coun­try to ad­dress drug re­lated prob­lems.”

Hun­dreds have been killed in Cen­tral and South Amer­ica over re­cent months as blood­thirsty car­tels vie for supremacy. While no­tice­able, the butch­ery has been on a rather smaller scale in the less-lovely parishes of Manch­ester, Liver­pool and Birm­ing­ham.

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