Teenagers are being exploited by county lines drugs gangs in Lancashire
Alert message sent 13/06/2018 14:58:00
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Have you heard of ‘county lines’?
It’s been in the national news lately as it’s affecting families and communities up and down the country.
‘County lines’ is when urban gangs use children and vulnerable adults to expand their illegal drugs businesses into other towns.
In Lancashire we see pockets of county lines gangs coming in from Manchester, Merseyside, London, and West Yorkshire. We’re working proactively to dismantle these gangs from the top and protect the young and the vulnerable.
You might know someone who needs your help.
They might be a family member, neighbour, or someone else in your community.
Gangs recruit and force vulnerable adults and children to work as couriers, transporting drugs and cash for them. They often set up a base in towns in other counties, taking over the home of a vulnerable person and sending runners to stay there. These are ways gangs distance themselves from criminal activity so that their victims carry the risk.
Look out for children and teens who are:
Going missing from home/school without explanation
Have withdrawn from family, the community or social services support
Have lots of different visitors at unusual hours
Are in a relationship with someone controlling
Have their curtains or blinds closed most of the time
Have more anti-social behaviour close to their home.
Report any concerns anonymously to Crimestoppers
It can be hard to report concerns about someone as they may have committed offences. We’re working with Crimestoppers to make it easier.
Whether you phone them on 0800 555 111 or report your concerns online Crimestoppers won’t pass on who you are, or give any information that might suggest who you could be. We simply receive the information we need to stop these gangs and protect vulnerable people.
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