I think I may have mentioned this after I chaired the 'Tackling Organised Crime' conference at the end of last year. I don't think it's a problem on our immediate doorstep but at the conference, one Assistant Chief Constable described this as a major inner city problem now getting worse and the gangs are spreading farther afield; i.e. you will find the Jamaican Yardies operating in Kent now.
The Times reports these gangs are using children as young as nine to run messages between members and act as drug mules, parents were told last night.
Jim Knight, the Schools Minister, said that the problem had been identified in Birmingham, Manchester and London, where gang activity outside schools had started to enter them. Urgent action was needed, he said, before it spread and became a “genuine worry” for parents and pupils."
The police will tell you that it's much much worse than the government is admitting!
Criminal gangs in schools: