A number of warrants have been carried out, and vulnerable people across the East Midlands safeguarded, in a national intensification week targeting County Lines and organised criminals who run them.
Running between Monday 27 February to Sunday 5 March, teams from the Regional Organised Crime Unit and officers from Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire Police carried out joint enforcement and engagement events to raise awareness of the crime.
As part of their work, a record number of referrals were made in relation to suspected human trafficking, safeguarding provisions were put in place, and a large number of arrests.
Almost £50,000 in cash was seized, more than 56 guns and other weapons, and 11 deal lines were closed.
The National County Lines Co-Ordination Centre praised the work of EMSOU officers who oversaw plans taking part in the week, saying the report from it was ‘one of the best they have seen’, especially around seeking to protect the public from this time of crime and prevent exploitation.
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Regional Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Mayo said: “I am really proud to see the work of the region recognised nationally. This speaks volumes and is testament to all the hard work that our teams have put into this.
“If you’re involved in the running of a County Line, please know we will do everything we can to identify and ensure that you can no longer take advantage of young or vulnerable people and coerce them into a life of criminality.
“Our impact on this pervasive crime is growing year-on-year, showing our dedication to keeping the people of the East Midlands safe.
“I’d like to send my thanks to all teams across the forces for their hard work in this area – the seizures and safeguarding outcomes below are testament to all the work and coordination in delivering these and I have no doubt will have a positive contribution to keeping our communities safe.”
#LookCloser to spot the signs of County Lines. Find out more from the Children’s Society, and report anonymously via Fearless.