Alastair Thomas

The ‘woke’ who do coke

Middle-class drug users are behind London’s murder epidemic – but don’t seem to care

Midnight in Shoreditch, and snaking round the brickwork of old east London is a line of chattering clubbers. Everyone seems to be queuing for something here: a new restaurant, or a new microbrewery. Inside the club, hipster students, bearded professionals and wealthy tourists fill the dance floor.

I easily spot the drug dealers weaving in and out of the throng, full of entrepreneurial determination.

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