Hospital workers witnessed a gruesome rise in exploitation and violence against children involved in heroin and crack dealing over lockdown, a new report has found.
Wider group of people are falling victim to “cuckooing”, driven by rising social isolation and poverty.
Watch the latest episode of 'The War On Drugs Show', which charts the grim phenomenon of County Lines.
New cash for the UK's growing drug problem is welcome. But help for drug users is skewed by the government's old drug war mantra.
VICE News spoke to a drug gang about the challenges they have faced since mid-March, including $125,000 of heroin going missing and the fact they owe their cocaine supplier over half a million dollars.
A new Home Office review shows the rise of "going country" has occurred against a backdrop of increasing inequality and child poverty.
For some drug sellers who have "gone country", being locked up in a rural jail can be a ticket to non-stop abuse from the locals. For others, it can be a blessing in disguise.
This week, the Home Office fought a children's charity in court to defend police use of child spies in infiltrating county lines gangs – and won.
Read some of Max Daly's prize-winning work right here.
We took a trip to the Essex borough of Thurrock to see how the housing crisis and the "going country" phenomenon is affecting Britain's towns and villages.
The "going country" phenomenon isn't as new as many like to make out. Here is the inside story of the first "county lines" gangs, nearly 20 years ago.