Hate, Prevent and Exploitation
County Lines is a term used to describe the supply of illegal drugs, typically from a larger urban centre to smaller towns or rural areas, through the exploitation of vulnerable people. County Lines is a concern within the District and a number of warrants have been executed in Market Harborough as well as Hinkley and Loughborough, resulting in arrests.
#KnowTheSigns campaign is to raise awareness of County Lines across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The main signs of 'County Lines' to look out for are:
- repeatedly missing from home or school and a decline in academic performance
- may carry a weapon
- gang association or isolation from peers
- unexplained relationships with new or older people
Signs of Cuckooing are:
- signs of drug use
- decline in a neighbours well-being
- increase in people or vehicles visiting a property
- increase in Anti-Social Behaviour
You can find out more, and who to report these to on the Leicestershire Police website.