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Gangs are 'recruiting' kids of 9.

GANGS are infiltrating primary schools and using children as young as nine as drug mules, parents were warned last night.

Criminals prey on the youngsters because they cannot be prosecuted for carrying drugs and weapons, said schools minister Jim Knight.

He told the Commons education select committee: "There are problems of criminal gangs infiltrating schools."

Mr Knight added that Manchester, Birmingham and London are the worst affected cities.

He said he wanted to tackle the problem. He stressed: "It is an emerging issue that we want to nip in the bud now before it becomes something that is a genuine worry for parents and pupils."

And he said playgrounds in secondary schools were being used to organise drug deals and crimes.
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Date:Jan 25, 2007
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