Crimestoppers' van visits Kent to raise awareness of 'county lines'
To help the public understand what ‘County Lines’ is, and encourage reporting to Crimestoppers, an advan visited Gravesend, Chatham and Margate on Thursday 26 July.
County lines refers to gangs and organised criminal networks exporting illegal drugs into suburban, rural and coastal areas using dedicated mobile phone lines or a ‘deal line’. The advert gave shoppers and other passers-by information on how they can play their part in helping to tackle the issue.
Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott, who visited the advan in Gravesend town centre, said:
Speaking about the campaign, Phil Breckon, Kent and Essex Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said:
‘Crimestoppers is one of the dozens of charities and organisations I support. We know that gangs are infiltrating Kent from London and elsewhere to sell drugs, but the public can help Kent Police tackle this issue by reporting information to Crimestoppers, safe in the knowledge that any information they give is 100% anonymous.’
In addition, a social media campaign has been launched by Crimestoppers to raise awareness of the crime. Search #CountyLines.
‘We know that the term county lines might not be widely recognised, which is why we are launching this campaign and asking for your help to support us in tackling this issue.
‘We need help to put a stop to this exploitation and the damage that these criminals are inflicting on our communities and those being taken advantage of.
‘We are asking you to contact us anonymously and safely through our 0800 555 111 number, or via our secure online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org - both methods are 100% anonymous. Always. Together we can put a stop to this.’