County lines drugs trade

Lockdown: Cops 'continue to tackle' county lines drugs gangs

Police say they are still tackling county lines drugs gangs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Officers from the West Mercia force said offenders were continuing to exploit young or vulnerable people, using sophisticated grooming techniques to coerce them into selling drugs.

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Ch Supt Tom Harding said: "I want to send a clear message to county lines drug gangs exploiting young and vulnerable people in our communities that despite the country being in lockdown we are continuing to focus our efforts to target them."

The force added that the past few weeks had been "very difficult" for young people and that some may have noticed individuals "still going out and meeting up with older people", or starting to "talk about expensive gifts they have been given".

Four men arrested in suspected county lines drug raid

Four men believed to be involved in a county lines drug operation have been arrested in Scarborough, police say.

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On Sunday an 18-year-old man from the West Midlands was arrested at a residential address in Alma Square, on suspicion of being involved in the supply of class A drugs.

Two more men, a 19-year-old man from Birmingham and a 48-year-old man from Scarborough, were also arrested at a property on Victoria Road, on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs with intent to supply.

Yesterday officers arrested a 36-year-old Scarborough man in connection with the investigation on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

All four have been released on bail.

County lines is the term given to a form of organised crime in which drug dealers from urban areas exploit vulnerable people and force them to deal drugs in smaller towns and cities.

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Josh reveals his daily anxieties of walking down the street, due to potential threats.
Josh reveals his daily anxieties of walking down the street, due to the potential threats from his local community. 

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Hope High is a seven part series for BBC Sounds, with new episodes available every Tuesday.

Presented and produced by BBC Radio 5 Live journalist Annabel Deas, Hope High is the real life story of a year behind the scenes in a small community in Huddersfield fighting county lines drug gangs and violence and the school at the centre of it all.

Animation by Ellie Clarke.