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Press Release January 30th – Violence linked to ‘County Lines’ rockets

30th January 2018

A significant increase in violent crime associated with drug gangs who groom young children has been reported by more than two thirds of police forces.

According to a survey of police forces by Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport, the extreme violence includes murders, rapes, stabbings, kidnappings, a hand severed off with a machete, legs broken and use of boiling water, knives, bats and hammers.

Ms Coffey, who is the chair of the All Party Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, wrote to all 45 police forces in Great Britain asking specifically if violence linked to so-called ‘County Lines’ had increased.

All 45 responded and of those 70% (32 police forces) stated that levels of violence linked to County Lines had increased recently. Others talked more generally about ‘high levels of violence”.

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