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County lines Intensification week sees Dorset Police notching up successful results

The latest national intensification week focusing on county lines has been a success for Dorset Police.

DCI Andrew Dilworth “...Dorset remains one of the safest places in the country to live and work…"
DCI Andrew Dilworth “...Dorset remains one of the safest places in the country to live and work…"

Intensification weeks are run nationally by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and co-ordinated by the National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC).

Running from Monday 14 September until Sunday 20 September, the intensification week saw extensive work by police officers and staff across the county to disrupt the work of organised drug gangs and safeguard vulnerable people.

The results were:

  • Nine arrested on suspicion of supply offences across the county.
  • £4,325 in cash seized
  • Phones linked to locations known for county line gangs seized
  • More than 20 “safe and well” checks completed
  • Jaguar car seized
  • Flick knife seized
  • Quantities of suspected heroin and crack cocaine seized
  • Vulnerable young man safeguarded
  • Two referrals into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) process for reporting suspected modern slavery offences

‘County lines’ refers to a type of crime where drugs gangs exploit children and vulnerable adults to make them courier drugs and money across the country from the gang’s base in a large city to customers in towns across Dorset. The ‘county line’ refers to the mobile phone line which is the link for the drugs gangs to sell drugs.

“County lines gangs make vulnerable people – including children – work for them to sell drugs,” explains Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Dilworth. “These people can face violence and intimidation from gang members. By disrupting their activity, and making operating in Dorset difficult for these criminals, we can protect the most vulnerable members of our society from being exploited and the wider communities from drugs and gangs. These results show that we will not tolerate gangs bringing crime and disruption to Dorset.”

Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, said, “Once again, Dorset Police has shown that their approach to disrupting county lines gangs is working. I would like to praise all the officers and staff involved in such an impressive set of results and I am particularly pleased to see so many arrests being made.

“The results demonstrate that, Dorset Police are tough on those who are involved in county lines and I fully support the proactive approach that has been taken in dealing with gang-related criminal activity in Dorset.

“County lines is a serious problem and the police also need support from the community in order to tackle it. By learning to spot the signs and reporting any suspicions to the police, the public can help protect victims of exploitation and I would encourage everyone to find out more about county lines to help keep the most vulnerable in our community safe.”

DCI Dilworth added, “It is important to point out that Dorset remains one of the safest places in the country to live and work and we are working hard to keep it that way.

“On top of these great results we also did a lot of work speaking with people and raising awareness of the signs of county lines and asking people to report to us if they have concerns. We have a wealth of information on our website and, although the intensification week is over, we ask the public to remain vigilant at all times and report any concerns they have to us using our non-emergency channels or, 100% anonymously, to Crimestoppers.”

For more information on how to recognise the signs of county lines please visit our website: www.dorset.pnn.police.uk/countylines.

People can report to us using our non-emergency channels https://www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/ or to Crimestoppers, 100% anonymously, via their website: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or by telephone: 0800 555111.

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