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UK: County lines: Teenage drug dealers posed as key workers during lockdown.

Teenage county lines drug dealers posed as key workers during the coronavirus lockdown to evade police, London authority bosses have revealed.

City Hall’s Rescue and Response’s annual report found demand for drugs has been “very high” during lockdown.

More than 3,000 people were identified as being exploited to move drugs from London to 41 towns and cities across the UK.

The youngest age of a dealer was 10 and the oldest 26, the report has revealed.

In 2018, the Mayor of London pledged £3m to the Rescue and Response programme and since then City Hall says more than 1,100 young Londoners have been referred for specialist support out of county lines drug dealing.

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