68 people at risk from crime gangs identified in Cumbria pilot programme
Date of alert:
Monday, 15 August 2022
DOZENS of people at risk of being criminalised by organised crime gangs have been identified in Barrow in just a few months.
County Lines Informed Cumbria (1CLIC), a pilot which was launched in February, has identified 68 who could be targeted for county lines crimes in Barrow and 5,000 visits have been conducted to people at risk.
County lines is a form of criminal activity in which crime gangs use young and/or vulnerable people to carry, store or sell drugs in towns and rural areas.
The programme supports those at risk to move away from potential criminal behaviour and make positive life decisions, encourages long lasting behavioural change and supports the recovery of those who are already using drugs.
Detective Superintendent Dave Pattinson of Cumbria Constabulary said: “The county has an outstanding record of disruption and convicting crime groups operating in our area, whilst working with partners to safeguard the most vulnerable people who could be targeted.