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By Eddie Wrenn
Last updated at 1:16 PM on 28th February 2012
Areas of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham have become 'no-go' areas where the law is losing the battle against drug traffickers and organised crime, according to the United Nations' drugs chief.
The three cities were directly compared to the drug cartels which hold sway over large parts of Brazil and Mexico by Professor Hamid Ghodse, the president of the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
He said the cities were trapped in 'a vicious cycle of social exclusion and drugs problems and fractured communities'.
The development of 'no-go areas' is being fuelled by threats such as social inequality, migration and celebrities normalising drug abuse, he warned, adding that helping marginalised communities with drugs problems 'must be a priority'.
He said: 'We are looking at social cohesion, the social disintegration and illegal drugs.
'In many societies around the world, whether developed or developing, there are communities within the societies which develop which become no-go areas.
'Drug traffickers, organised crime, drug users, they take over. They will get the sort of governance of those areas