Police call on ‘drugs’ phones
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.”