£20 million investment to tackle county lines

Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced a surge of activity to crack down on county lines drugs gangs, backed by £20 million of government investment.

The package of measures are set to intensify law enforcement efforts to disrupt the county lines model, by expanding the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre, better British Transport Police presence to work exclusively on county lines and investment in technology to disrupt county lines operations.

County lines gangs operate their business through exploiting children and vulnerable people. The government will therefore also develop an expanded national specialist support service to help young people and their families exit their involvement in county lines.

The Chancellor announced a formal review in September to identify the powers, capabilities, governance and funding needed to develop our response to serious and organised crime ahead of a full spending review next year.