22-year-old man raped by his dealer with over £500 in debt on an island ‘poisoned’ by British gangs

Isle of Man Police revealed the violence on the island was a result of the drug economy exported from Merseyside by gangs, as the victim declined to press charges

A drug related car impounded by police in the Isle of Man
A drug related car impounded by police in the Isle of Man

A young man has been raped by a drug dealer on an island controlled by mainland Britain drug gangs over an unpaid debt of less than £500.

The sex attack was uncovered during a hearing at Tynwald Court – the Parliament on the Isle of Man.

Tanya August-Hanson MLC read a letter from parents whose lives have been affected by drug-related crime on the island, which is said to be controlled by Liverpool-based gangs.

She said: “Yes, a 22-year-old boy was raped by a 30-year-old man for a debt of less than £500.”

The 30-year-old man who perpetrated the attack is understood not to have been charged as the victim refused to cooperate.

Isle of Man Constabulary Chief Constable Gary Roberts said the violence was a result of the island’s drug economy, which is sponsored by Merseyside gangs.

He told that Liverpool echo : “The rape of the young man was typical of the situations that arise in connection with drug debt.

The island’s drug economy is sponsored by Merseyside gangs, police say


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“These problems do not only affect certain lands on the island. Middle-class families have experienced some of these problems.

“From a criminal perspective, they (the Merseyside gangs) are very good at what they do. The model is similar but not identical to County Lines.

“Merseyside’s established gangs will use criminals on the Isle of Man to sell drugs for them.”

The case study, read in Parliament on the Isle of Man, also touched on the impact of drug-related crime on the island’s society as a whole.

Ms August-Hanson, reading from the letter, said: “The impact on parents is terrible.

“Fear for the young person and the difficulty in dealing with the situations that arise can divide couples. Parents often withdraw thousands of pounds from their own savings to pay off a child’s debt.

Chief Constable Gary Roberts says Merseyside drug gangs pose the biggest threat to life on the island


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“Teenagers end up hitting siblings and parents with the stress of their situation, even in the nicest homes. This is not a problem limited to ‘poor’ areas. It’s a poison that flows throughout the island.

“A dealer gives the child a ket or beak to try. They are usually older teens or early 20s.

“Some young traders at the lower levels have normal jobs in banks or professions like carpenters or painters and decorators. I use the word child to reflect the young person’s naivety and vulnerability.

“Once they try ket (ketamine) and/or cola (cocaine), they have to pay for it. Once they run out of money to pay, they are given shares to sell.”

Mr Roberts added cannabis was a particular problem on the island.

He added: “Last year we seized around £42,000 worth of this cannabis from a 12-year-old boy.”

“There are longstanding cultural ties between the two communities. The criminals behind the drug trade have exploited some of these connections to bring drugs to our island.

“They are the best in Britain at this game. I’ve been in the police force for decades and I know that outside of London, Merseyside has always been the center of drug trafficking.

“But fortunately we work very closely with both Merseyside Police and the North West Regional Crime Unit and have their full support. The Isle of Man has always been a super safe place to live and we intend to keep it that way.”

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