UK News in Pictures

Home Education Major crack down in Wiltshire to help the fight against drugs gangs and protect the vulnerable from harm continues

Major crack down in Wiltshire to help the fight against drugs gangs and protect the vulnerable from harm continues

Wiltshire Police is cracking down on county lines this week as the fight to disrupt drugs gangs and protect the vulnerable from harm continues.

This week, officers and staff will be focusing their efforts on addressing the threat posed by county lines drugs gangs on the young and vulnerable, using predominantly education and safeguarding tactics and urging people to know the signs that someone may be being exploited. This work will coincide with the national roll out of the #LookCloser campaign by The Children’s Society in partnership with the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre (NCLCC) and British Transport Police (BTP).

Throughout this week, regular visits will be made to vulnerable people within our communities who are believed to be at risk of exploitation. These visits will be carried out in partnership with Turning Point to ensure the relevant support service details are provided to those in need.

Our Early Intervention Team, supported by local PCSOs, will also be delivering presentations to local schools and colleges to raise awareness of criminal exploitation.

Det Insp Paul Franklin said: “Here in Wiltshire we are committed to tackling county lines drugs gangs and protecting those at risk of being exploited by these gangs. It is important to stress that day in, day out, we are seeing good results from our teams who are constantly cracking down on these gangs, leading to a greater number of arrests and convictions, as well as the seizure of drugs and weapons from our streets.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, said: “We know that the public have real concerns about the impact of county lines drugs gangs in their communities, however, they should feel reassured by the ongoing efforts by officers and staff across the force in tackling this type of organised criminality.

“I am pleased to hear that a lot of work on this subject is being planned with our young people – specifically those aged 15 to 18 who are most at risk of being exploited by drugs gangs, to help raise awareness of the signs to look out for and how they can safeguard themselves and others. This is a really important age group for us to engage with and I am confident that the work planned this week will have a positive impact on these individuals.”

This week of activity also falls under Project Optimise – the force’s approach to serious and organised crime. The community plays a vital role in helping us tackle serious and organised crime, which can range from drugs and violence, to burglary and money laundering. If you suspect crime, call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

social media2

Never miss another Breaking story again


You can sign up to get the latest news, top stories and exclusives sent straight to your WhatsApp from the UKNIP team.


To get stories sent to you, you need to already have WhatsApp. All you need to do is click this link and select ‘join community’

No one will be able to see who is signed up and no one can send messages except the UKNIP team. you can read your privacy policy notice.

Click here to join our WhatsApp community.

Follow UKNIP 

Similar Article To this

UK News in Pictures delivers instant news and picture coverage as the story unfold. Stay current with breaking stories thanks to this round-the-clock news service. Operating 24/7, it provides up-to-the-minute reporting on breaking news, community updates, and more, ensuring you’re always informed, wherever you are, every day of the week.

Edtior's Picks

© 2024 All Rights Reserved. Designed and Developed by UKNIP

Adblock Detected

Please support us by disabling your AdBlocker extension from your browsers for our website.