The socioeconomic effects of organised crimes county lines on the United Kingdom community

O'Hagan, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5361-8320 and Long, A., 2019. The socioeconomic effects of organised crimes county lines on the United Kingdom community. Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal, 7 (5), pp. 274-280. ISSN 2469-2794

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County lines is the transport of class a drugs from an urban city to a costal/rural town, this is achieved by a network of dedicated mobile phone lines. The groups use serious violence, intimidation and coercion to recruit vulnerable people, primarily children who will then transport the drugs to the desired area, as well as taking over their home through ‘cuckooing’. The rise of crime within the United Kingdom over the last 5 years can be linked to the expanding county line groups and the extreme violence they use to intimidate individuals, the soaring figures of knife crime and under 18 hospital admissions due to stabbing related injuries. The groups are difficult to follow due to the different transport routes available and how rapidly lines can be replaced to evade law enforcement. The under reporting of these crimes as well as the lack of public knowledge has led to the amount of lines doubling in size in the last 2 years, in order to combat this, vulnerable individuals should be safeguarded to prevent recruitment, as well as raising public awareness to increase public reporting and therefore increasing the amount of intelligence available to the police.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal
Creators: O'Hagan, A. and Long, A.
Publisher: MedCrave Publishing
Date: 4 October 2019
Volume: 7
Number: 5
ISSN: 2469-2794
Rights: ©2019 O’Hagan et al.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 09 Oct 2019 15:47
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2019 15:47
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