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County Lines

Alert message sent 29/06/2021 14:32:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Have you heard of County Lines? County Lines are the means that drug dealers use to sell drugs around the country. Young people can get exploited into selling drugs where they live and in towns outside their area.

The signs of child exploitation can be hard to spot as it usually happens gradually over time.

Signs a child is involved in County Lines
Involved in crime such as robbery, theft, burglary
Away from school
Away from home – this can be overnight or days at a time
Friends with a new group, often older
Friends driving them around
Carrying a knife or weapon
New gifts – clothes, bike, phone, trainers, money
Storing money or drugs
Always on the phone
Leaving home suddenly
Engaging in sexual activity

How do these drug gangs exploit children?

They try to gain the child’s trust by:
Glamourising their lifestyle
Giving them money, gifts, clothes, drugs, alcohol
Offer them somewhere to stay
Find out more about them so they can ‘help them out’ with a problem they might have
Force them to do something in return for the gifts or ‘protection’ they’ve given them
This can happen face-to-face or online.

If you are in a situation where you need help or you’re worried about someone, visit our website to find help and support.

You can give information anonymously at Crimestoppers online or call 0800 555 111.

Visit NSPCC for help and advice.

To report a crime or incident, please contact us via Live Chat on our website www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am – midnight or call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Message sent by
Sally Orton (Police, PCSO, Northfield & Longbridge)

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