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County Lines

Alert message sent 13/10/2021 12:19:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police


Dear Resident

Please be aware that from 11th to 17th October 2021 is County Lines Week

As part of this week,The West-Midlands Police Service will work with other agencies, as well as with the local community to identify & safeguard vulnerable people, who are sadly exploited into transporting illegal drugs throughout the country.

As a means of travel, Public transport is widely used to transport these drugs, and can involve organised gangs exploiting their victim(s) by using, or threatening to use physical violence towards them, if they fail to transport the drugs.

Here are some of the key early signs associated with vulnerable people, who may be linked with county lines,

If they are:
Involved in crime such as robbery, theft or burglary.
Absent from school for no legitimate reason
If they stay away from home, this can be overnight or for days at a time,
Carrying a knife or weapon.
have new expensive gifts,or clothes, without having any other income to but these
Storing money or drugs at home, or discrete places.
Leaving home suddenly.

If you know of anyone that maybe involved in county lines,  or believe someone is being coerced into doing so, and they need help, then, please call 101 or go to the https://west-midlands.police.uk/ website, through live chat on link https://west-midlands.police.uk/contact-us/live-chat, or give information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on: 0800 555

Here are some further organisations that you may wish to contact.

You can give information anonymously at Crimestoppers online or call 0800 555 111.
https://crimestoppers-uk.org.

You can also call Childline on 0800 1111. Childline is private and confidential service where you can talk to trained counsellors about anything that is concerning you.

Visit NSPCC for help and advice.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

visit our website to find help and support.
https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/campaigns/gangs
Message sent by
Karen Sutton (Police, PCSO, Birmingham West Northfield Weoley)

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