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FORTRESS Hampshire Constabulary joins national week of action to tackle County Lines

Alert message sent 29/01/2019 10:26:00

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We were out taking part in a national week of action last week tackling 'county lines' drug dealing.

In Hart and Rushmoor our officers focussed on working with local schools, offering advice and highlighting what signs to look out for among children who may be vulnerable to being targeted by drug dealing gangs.

We've already had a great response from the community following this work.

Our teams also carried out more than 20 visits to addresses in areas known to be a target for those involved in drug-related crime.

But our work doesn't end there - while the week of action is over, we have a dedicated team doing what we can to tackle drug-related crime in our town.

Superintendent Matthew Reeves said: “This week of action has been hugely successful from our perspective. A number of officers and staff have come together to target county lines which present the greatest threat, risk and harm to our communities. This is work we continue as everyday business.

“County Lines isn’t isolated to large UK cities, this is a real issue which is affecting Hampshire along with other areas in the country.

“It’s not only the obviously vulnerable who are groomed for county lines. Young people from all backgrounds have been groomed for transporting and dealing drugs.

“This type of criminality needs a partnership approach, including our communities. I would urge anyone who is concerned about someone who may be involved in this activity to contact us or one of our partners.

“We continue to work with our colleagues in education, social care, transport networks and charities among others to tackle this issue in collaboration.”

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Melanie Adams (Police, Corporate Communications, Hampshire )

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