Leicestershire Police #County Lines

Leicestershire Police #County Lines

The term County Lines describes gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into other areas of the country, often small towns, using dedicated mobile phone lines or another form of 'deal line' which can be a person. They are likely to exploit children or vulnerable adults to move and store the drugs and money and will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons.

What are the signs to look out for?

The following signs could suggest that someone is being exploited through county lines activity:

• Gang association or isolation from peers or social networks
• Missing from home or schools and/or significant decline in performance
• New friends or relationships with those who don't share any mutual friendships with the victim or anyone else
• May be carrying a weapon
• Receiving more texts or calls than usual
• Sudden influx of cash, clothes or mobile phones
• Unexplained injuries
• Significant changes in emotional well-being

How can you help?
Everyone can help by learning the signs to look out for and being vigilant within their work and home environments.

Make a report
If you believe you may be a victim (or think somebody may be a victim) of exploitation through county lines or cuckooing, we advise you to contact one of the following:
Leicestershire Police
• Email: contactus@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk
• Social media: Private message us on Facebook or Twitter
• Phone: 101

Posted: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:59 by Elaine Foxon

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