Exclusive PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:31 10 January 2019 Hannah Somerville The Canonbury Road in Islington. Picture: Polly Hancock Archant Vulnerable children from Hackney and Islington are being groomed to deal drugs hundreds of miles away – and rented out to gangs. Canonbury Road is used as a 'drug corridor' for gangs transporting drugs between Dalston and Camden. Picture: Polly HancockSince the start of 2017 at least 27 people from Hackney have been convicted over so-called “county lines” dealing: when drug-dealing groups branch out into places off their home turf using a dedicated phone line.In the same period, 11 children from Islington - of which six were looked-after - have been linked to the nefarious trade.But while dozens from the two counties have been rounded up over deals in locations as far as Scotland, South Wales, Cornwall and Bournemouth, questions remain over how these London-based groups are … [Read more...] about County lines: How youngsters are turned into drug dealers
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For just under two decades, the roaring noise of race cars rang out from Central Texas Speedway in rural Kyle, Texas. Today, the only sounds coming from the track are that of the bulldozers. The roar was an uncommon one in Texas, as the speedway was one of the last asphalt short tracks in operation across the state. But that legacy ended after the 2016 race season—less than 20 years after the track opened, bulldozed both literally and figuratively by the same kinds of liability concerns and monetary struggles that doom different small-town race tracks across America. Once, the future seemed bright. Things were great at the speedway, known as Thunderhill Raceway when it opened in the 1990s. Crowds were big, as noted asphalt racer Casey Smith recalled. Thunderhill was where Smith got his first-ever Late Model win in 2001. He was barely 16 years old, unaware of how far east the crumbling asphalt scene would eventually make him travel to race. The year Thunderhill opened, 1998, was … [Read more...] about How Money And Lawsuit Fears Doomed One Of Texas’ Last Asphalt Short Tracks
Anyone who has a parent or grandparent in their 90s will know how for many people of that age simply walking from one room to another can be a gruelling test of endurance. As cruel as old age can be, it is at least a distant concern for most of us. We can console ourselves that we have plenty of time to fulfil all those dreams that require being fit and active. But for a tiny proportion of children who suffer from a rare form of juvenile arthritis time is something that simply isn't on their side. Amelie Shaikh is one of around 12,000 kids in the UK with the debilitating condition. For the 13-year-old, who lives in Kensington , any kind of physical activity puts a huge strain on her body. So when she takes part in a 5km run this weekend it will be an incredible undertaking. Her mum Caroline, 41, explained: "She's essentially like a teenager trapped in a 90-year-old's body so doing a 5k is like doing a marathon at a sprint for her. "She'll be using a scooter because I do not want her … [Read more...] about The west London teenager who is ‘trapped in a 90-year-old’s body’
Stop negotiating price. Price negotiation, whether in relationship to a new car, a used car, or a trade-in, is what makes buying or leasing a vehicle so painful. Research what constitutes a fair price. Values associated with invoice, holdback, and sticker price convey meaningless information. Wholesale and retail are irrelevant when establishing the value of a used vehicle. Use tools easily available to you in order to research a fair price for the vehicle that you want to sell or buy. In addition to tracking down available rebates, financing offers, and leasing deals on manufacturer websites, cross-reference resources including TrueCar, AutoTrader, Kelley Blue Book (KBB), Edmunds, and NADA Guides. Finally, understand what your time is worth. This is easier for some people than it is for others. No matter who you are, though, you’ve got better things to be doing than sitting in a dealership for hours of your life, and time spent on more worthy pursuits has a value. Putting … [Read more...] about Save time, hassle, and money with our guide to painless car buying and leasing
Drivers take turn 11 at Circuit of the Americas pretty slowly. It’s tight, and they’ll only hit about 60 miles per hour, depending on the car. Then they’ll charge down the main straight, a three-quarters-of-a-mile descent that lets the right machine clear 200. As I stand in the grandstands before turn 12, a black-and-gold racecar quickly fills my field of view. It’s Texas-hot in Austin today, close to 90 and humid, but the car brings a wind with it. The wind is made of noise. Fans come to Formula One races for this kind of sensory experience. When the series spun up in 1946, following the exhaustive end of World War II, fantastic machines replaced the terrifying cacophony of bombs with the joyful chorus of speed-linked sound. Over the years, millions of fans have swarmed the edges of racetracks to hear F1’s roar. But you don’t just hear an F1 engine. You feel it. As the car flies by the grandstand, the concussive wave emanating from its eight … [Read more...] about How will Formula One reckon with electric cars?