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West Mercia Police Notice


Following a senior officer from Warwickshire Police urging the public to be on the lookout for signs of county lines drug dealing, we are asking people across West Mercia to know the signs and report anything they see to us.

County lines is a term used to describe gangs transporting drugs from bigger cities into smaller towns. This is a national problem involving drug gangs operating from cities including Birmingham, London, Manchester and Liverpool.

Police are urging people to look out for the following signs:

  • Children or young people going missing from home or school.
  • Changes in a person's behaviour or emotional wellbeing.
  • Children or young people socialising with unfamiliar people.
  • A person starting to abuse drugs and alcohol.
  • Someone acquiring money they can't account for.
  • Someone buying expensive goods they can't afford.
  • Lone children visiting from outside the area.
  • Someone with multiple phones, tablets or SIM cards.
  • Unknown or suspicious people going into a neighbour's house - especially if that neighbour is vulnerable.

  • Detective Chief Inspector Neil Reader said: "We are getting very good at disrupting county lines gangs operating in Warwickshire and bringing the key players to justice.

    "However, we also need the people's help; the public are our eyes and ears in the community and it is important they are looking out for the signs of county lines drug dealing and report it to the police.

    "County lines criminals tend to target youngsters and vulnerable people, getting them to deal drugs. This is why we are asking people to look out for the signs. On their own, each of these signs may not be suspicious but put them together with changes in behaviour it could be a sign of county lines drug dealing.

    "If you have any suspicions please call the police. Your piece of information, no matter how small, might be the final piece of the jigsaw that means we can take action."

    If you have any information that could help police tackle county lines drug crime please call 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800-555 111.

    Any information or concerns can also be discussed with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

    Date: 01/12/2018

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