County lines drug gangs are bringing violence to Dorset


Due to drug groups who carry trouble to the region, with mutilation and firing among the cases widespread over last year, the destructiveness in Dorset is now spinning.

The drug groups from the huge cities as well as in Liverpool and London are pushing cocaine and heroin in small towns like Bournemouth, Weymouth, and Blandford.

This =increase has triggered the onset of felonies, like shooting and rape. But that’s not all, there is even a case wherein a victim’s fingers were harmed or maimed.

The police frequently escort supposed ‘county lines’ traffickers to court. Notwithstanding, police officers asked for more backing when it comes to this situation from other government agencies as well as with the councils.

Martyn Underhill is Dorset’s police and crime commissioner claimed: “Even as a former police officer, I am shocked by the violence that can accompany county lines.”

“The gangs involved in this criminality often exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and money – using intimidation, weapons, and coercion to do so.”

“County lines is a strong example of what Chief Constable James Vaughan and I refer to as an emerging threat.”

“It is placing extra demand on policing at a time when public services are facing increasing financial challenges.”

A method in which gangs coming from big cities use phone lines to cater drugs to minor towns is called county lines. This controversy is becoming a larger worry in the country since many police teams in the neighborhood is considering this as one of their first concerns.

The police cannot handle this dilemma alone according to Mr. Underhill.

Mr. Underhill expressed that if they are going to look after the most defenseless from these drug groups, then it is important that all agencies cooperate with the police since they cannot do this alone.

Also, he said that social services, health sectors, and others should also support the alleviation of this issue since children and defenseless adults are the ones being ransacked.

“In the middle of last year, I was concerned that although Dorset Police had identified the urgent need to tackle this area, some other partner agencies weren’t yet fully aware of the risks.”

“However, I know that other agencies have had a closer look at this and so I am now more reassured.”

“There is no time to spare when tackling county lines gangs, despite the force’s financial concerns and the impact of austerity,” he said.

“County lines is an issue that cannot wait one or two years to be addressed while restructures take place – vulnerable people are being harmed now,” he said.

During a single week in the past year, there is an approximately £23,000-worth of drugs and cash that were confiscated when the police started a restraint on drug dealers.

Between October 8 and 14, there were thirty people who were taken into custody across Dorset. One of them was a 14-year-old missing child. People who were classified as being vulnerable were given ‘safe and well’ checks.