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UN drugs chief claims sections of Birmingham becoming 'no-go' area

The president of the UN's International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), said there was "a

vicious cycle of social exclusion and drugs problems and fractured communities" in cities such

as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

Professor Hamid Ghodse claims parts of the cities are becoming no-go areas where drugs

gangs are effectively in control.

He warned that such areas are being fuelled by threats such as social inequality, migration and

celebrities normalising drug abuse.

"Drug traffickers, organised crime, drug users, they take over. They will get the sort of

governance of those areas.