63 Hounslow Teens Committed Drug Crimes In 2018
Teenagers in the London borough are increasingly being charged with drug-related crimes.
63 teenagers in Hounslow committed drug possession or drug dealing crimes in 2018. Furthermore, the number of 17 year olds involved rose by 55% since 2017.
In both 2016 and 2017, 55 teenagers were found to have committed such drug offences.
Between 2017 and 2018, the number of 14 year olds involved dropped from 3 to 2, and the number of 15 year olds dropped from 12 to 7. However, the number of involved 16 and 17 year olds rose across the year, from 17 to 20 and 22 to 34 respectively.
Why did students cover this story?
Abdullah, 17, and Shaneigh,14, said that they picked this topic because “We are part of the community of Hounslow and go to school here. The negative impact of drug abuse, drug possession and increased rates of crime has a negative impact on our surroundings, environment and fellow students. These elements in turn have a negative impact on my education.”