Po­lice call on ‘drugs’ phones

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

PO­LICE want re­stric­tions on us­ing pay-as-you-go phones anony­mously in a bid to cut down on county lines drug gangs, ac­cord­ing to a re­port.

Of­fi­cers sug­gested peo­ple ‘should have to regis­ter per­sonal de­tails when buy­ing a mo­bile phone or re­place­ment SIM card’ to pre­vent the hand­sets and num­bers be­ing used for drug deal­ing, the find­ings by the Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary and Fire and Res­cue

Ser­vices (HMICFRS) said. In its re­port look­ing at how forces tackle so-called county lines drug gangs, in­spec­tors rec­om­mended the Home Of­fice carry out a re­view of the crim­i­nal abuse of mo­bile phones which should ‘ex­plore’ the reg­u­la­tions of the com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try, ad­ding: “The present ar­range­ments that en­able crim­i­nal­ity by al­low­ing the anony­mous ac­qui­si­tion of phones and num­bers, should be re-ex­am­ined.”

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