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County Lines and Covid 19

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, county lines gangs have adapted to the changing restrictions brought in by the Government to control the virus.

County lines gangs are continuing to operate, and that means that vulnerable children and adults are being exploited.

We are asking everyone to help us safeguard vulnerable people and protect our communities from the harm of county lines drugs gangs.

What are county lines?

‘County Lines’ is a term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to other parts of the UK via dedicated mobile phone lines. The gangs are likely to exploit children or vulnerable adults to move and store drugs. The gangs often use violence and coercion to control their victims.

What can you do to help?

Help us by knowing the signs of county lines

We are asking members of the public to help spot the signs of county lines and report any suspicious activity taking place in their community.

For more information on the signs to look out for please visit our county lines web page.

If you see anything in your neighbourhood which look like the signs of county lines, then please report this using our online contact channels: www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online

Alternatively you can call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report online: crimestoppers-uk.org.