Boris Johnson's new 10-year drugs plan promises to close down 2,000 'county lines' supplies

Boris Johnson's new 10-year drugs plan promises to close down 2,000 'county lines' supplies

12/6/2021 5:22:00 AM

Boris Johnson's new 10-year drugs plan promises to close down 2,000 'county lines' supplies

As part of a 10-year plan for tackling drugs crime and taking on the 'kingpins' behind supplies, the PM is warning criminals they will have 'nowhere to hide'. And he is also pledging the largest-ever increase in investment in treatment and recovery for addicts.

Among other action being pledged in the drugs strategy, the government is promising to:• Carry out 6,400 disruptions against the activities of organised criminals - an increase of 20%• Expand the use of drug testing when police make arrests in order to direct users towards treatment or other interventions

• Increase the number of police forces who will run new schemes focused on intervening on a wide range of individuals at an early stage, such as attendance at drug awareness courses with criminal sanctions possible for those who continue to use drugs• Test messages on university campuses as part of a pilot campaign to try and discourage drug use at an early stage

• Give judges power to order drug testing of anyone serving a community sentence whose offending is related to drug use, with them liable to be resentenced to a prison term if they test positive• Use drug dealers' seized phones to contact their clients with messages to discourage drug use or direct them to support.

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The government is also promising further plans to look at new measures to reduce demand and deter people from illegal drug use through more meaningful consequences.The Sun reported that harsher punishments to deter drug use could include the removal of passports and driving licences, night-time curfews and travel bans such as those imposed on football hooligans.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player6:48March 2021: County lines victims 'younger and female'The newspaper also reported there would be extra cash for 50 local authorities with the worst drug problems, including Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Liverpool, Hull and coastal towns in the North East and Yorkshire.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:"Crimes including theft, burglary and knife crime are falling, there are an additional 11,053 police officers on our streets, and by working with our outstanding police and law enforcement agencies, we have closed 1,500 drugs lines.

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"But it is clear that the drugs trade is still driving so much crime - we must do more to prevent these ruthless gangs ruining lives, tearing apart communities and exploiting young people."This strategy will help to relentlessly pursue the kingpins behind these supply lines, making our streets safer."

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player2:09June 2020: Gangs disguise children as key workersYvette Cooper, Labour's new shadow home secretary, said action on drugs crime was"long, long overdue" and accused the government of having allowed"serious problems to grow over the last few years".

"Class A drug use has increased by 27% since 2010, drug-related deaths were the highest since records began last year, and the number of children referred as suspected victims of county lines has increased by more than 30% since 2019," she said.

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"Meanwhile, more than £100m has been cut from treatment services, and cuts to policing budgets have meant that specialist drug enforcement teams have taken a backseat, allowing gangs to grow, dealing to increase and demand to soar."

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Just make it all legal and tax it, added bonus,zero drug related crime and huge savings. So by then there be 2million County lines cos all he does his tell lies and everything he touches is a failure 10 yr drug plan ... they've held power for the last 10 He'd better get started in the Westminster supply lines.

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