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New measures to tackle county lines

Home Secretary announcement

29 October 2019
New measures to tackle county lines

The Home Secretary has announced a package of measures to crack down on county lines drugs gangs. The measures are underpinned by £20 million of Home Office funding and include:

  • Expanding the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre through additional investment, which will increase the centre’s activity by placing more officers and staff into the centre and providing additional resource to regional organised crime units.
  • Increased disruption on the use of rail networks – British Transport Police teams will work exclusively on county lines and will be based at stations that have been identified as key hubs for county lines trafficking.
  • Investment in technology to disrupt county lines operations such as enhanced data analysis using automatic number plate recognition to enable the police to proactively target vehicles suspected of being used in county lines activity.
  • Working with money service bureaus to tackle illicit finance. The government will intensify operations to identify opportunities to take action against certain money service bureaus, enabling increased cash seizures and arrests for money laundering.
  • Increasing support services for victims of offences committed across county lines, including children coerced into offending behaviour, by developing an expanded national specialist support service to help young people and their families exit their involvement in county lines.

These new measures are being introduced with the aim of bolstering the government’s response to county lines. In addition to these measures, a formal review will take place to identify the powers, capabilities, governance and funding needed to develop the response to serious and organised crime ahead of a full spending review next year.

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