Stories categorized “Drugs”:

Official report on the Yardie informer scandal

Published February 1999.

ONE OF the biggest inquiries ever conducted into a complaint against police has confirmed Guardian reports of chaotic management and law-breaking in the relationship between London detectives and Jamaican Yardie gangsters who were working as police informers.

Crack cocaine and the middle-class addicts

Published November 1997.

I was sitting in a crack house not far from Kings Cross station in the middle of London. There was Vinnie the pimp, with his bare chest and his cigarette; a skinny blonde prostitute called Beverley who was so broke that she was using margerine for make-up; and Heather, a pick-pocket, who was about to go off to work in the big department stores in the West End.

The drug dealer and his perfect cover (news story and feature)

Published June 1997.

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A Yardie walks free

Published May 1997.

A Jamaican Yardie gunman who was jailed for 14 years for his part in a spectacular armed robbery is expected to walk free from the Court of Appeal today after Scotland Yard conceded that one of their most highly prized informers had lied in evidence against him.

Scotland Yard and the Yardie gangsters (news story and feature)

Published January 1997.

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Police suppress evidence of Yardie’s murders

Published April 1996.

A secret police operation to procure a new supergrass has blown up in Scotland Yard’s face leaving officers to fend off allegations of hypocrisy and the suppression of evidence of serious crime including murder, and opening the door to the release of dangerous gunmen from British prisons.

How Scotland Yard shielded a gangster from justice – news and feature

Published November 1995.

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Snapshots of poverty – the red-light area

Published June 1995.

The Anglican Cathedral of Liverpool is like a mountain. Its great brown bulk soars up over the life below and, high above the houses with the boards across their windows, beyond the sight of the shops with grids of steel across their glass, the summit of its spire is lost in the clouds of a grey English evening. It is the biggest Anglican church on the planet and, tonight, it will be full.

The thief who tried to change

Published December 1994.

No one ever said it was going to be easy. Daniel had spent years getting in and out of trouble. He’d been thrown out of school without taking his exams, he’d fallen out with his parents, he’d started thieving for a living in Brixton, he had been taking drugs and then he’d got shot. So when, last summer, at the age of 18, he decided to change his whole life and go to college instead, he knew it was going to be hard.

Poverty series: the homeless man and the lost girl

Published August 1994.

Bob Easton was half asleep the first time he saw her. He was lying in the doorway of the Vaudeville Theatre on the Strand, well wrapped up in his sleeping bag and his blankets, and on an ordinary night he would probably have been fast asleep by now. But it was Friday, the worst night of the week on the streets, when you’re more likely than ever to get a kick in the ribs from some lager lover, so Bob Easton had one eye open for trouble, which is how he came to spot Sharon.

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