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National police unit starts work on ‘county lines’ drug gangs
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National police unit starts work on ‘county lines’ drug gangs

A team of 38 investigators have begun a national crackdown on county lines drugs gangs, which send children to provincial towns to sell heroin and crack cocaine. The county lines coordination centre, based in Birmingham, is aimed at developing a national intelligence picture of the drugs networks, after increasing awareness of the tactic. County lines…

National Theatre Wales accused of favouring English artists
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National Theatre Wales accused of favouring English artists

Forty playwrights and actors have launched a withering attack on National Theatre Wales (NTW), accusing it of favouring English artists and companies over homegrown or home-based ones. In an open letter, the Welsh artists claimed NTW, which has been celebrated in the past for imaginative productions staged on beaches, mountains and factory floors, seemed be…

St Mungo’s ‘is likely to have given Home Office data on rough sleepers’
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St Mungo’s ‘is likely to have given Home Office data on rough sleepers’

The information commissioner has found that it is likely that a leading homelessness charity passed key information about migrant rough sleepers to Home Office enforcement teams and may well have done so without their consent. Some of these vulnerable rough sleepers were subsequently rounded up against their will and deported by Home Office officials. The…

UN environment chief criticised by UN over frequent flying
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UN environment chief criticised by UN over frequent flying

The globe-trotting travels of the UN’s environment chief have been sharply criticised in a draft internal audit as “contrary to the ethos of carbon emission reduction”. Erik Solheim, executive director of UN Environment, was travelling for 529 out of the 668 days audited, spending $488,518 (£370,380), according to the report. The audit also said he…