Army joins fight on county lines
THE Army has been drafted in to help tackle county lines drug gangs.
British Transport Police are being supported by 160 members of the Royal Military Police in a crackdown on rail-based crime.
The tie-up in London, agreed last year, has recovered hundreds of thousands in cash and drugs.
Following success at Waterloo station, it was expanded to cover Liverpool Street too.
BTP Superintendent Matt Allingham said: “There are clear benefits brought by the increasing uniformed visibility at our key transport hubs in relation to crime prevention.”
The scheme follows a surge in violent crime linked to county lines gangs. Figures this week revealed knife crime has risen by up to 50% in some areas in a year, fuelled by the drugs blight.
CRACKDOWN Drugs trade