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County lines drug networks now a nation-wide issue


The National Crime Agency has published a report on county-line drug networks. The last report was published in 2015, and has now been updated.

County lines typically involve urban criminal gangs travelling to smaller locations to sell drugs, sometimes exploiting vulnerable people, women and children for local property or transportation of the drugs.

80% of police forces reported the exploitation of children, typically to deliver the drugs to customers, using a combination of intimidation, violence, debt bondage, and grooming to control them.

The report also notes that 90% of forces are actively working with local partners to safeguard vulnerable adults and children. The most successful of these strategies have involved multiple agencies, including police, housing authorities, town councils, public health bodies, charities and the media.

To read the report in full, you can visit the National Crime Agency website, here.