Army joins fight on county lines

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY ALAN SELBY

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

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