A researcher studies how Merseyside's crime gangs lure their young recruits
'Who are these young people in our communities, and why don’t we know about them?'
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Today’s story is about Merseyside’s crime gangs, and specifically the young people they recruit to do their dirty work. As we all know, local news in Liverpool and across this region is dominated by crime coverage, much of it based on police announcements and individual cases that come to trial. But one of our big priorities is to publish stories that connect the dots a bit, and provide more context about what is driving the developments in the news. We think today’s story, which is based on a trip Mollie made to a recent conference and an interview she did with a local academic, is a good example of that approach.
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