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Anti-social behaviour (ASB)

County lines

County lines is where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries. 

The couriers are usually children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by criminal gangs.

  • The county line is the phone line used to take orders of drugs

What is cuckooing? 

Cuckooing is a term used for when criminal gangs take over a vulnerable person's house to use as a base for dealing drugs. The criminal gangs will exploit vulnerable people by giving them free drugs or offering to pay for food or utilities. 

What should I do if I have concerns of county lines? 

Trust your instincts. Even if someone is not involved in county lines drug dealing, they may be being exploited in some other way.

We will work with all relevant agencies to investigate concerns. 

Do you need help? 

If you are worried about your involvement, or a friend's involvement in county lines please:

What will the Police do? 

The Police have been working to identify and take effective action in areas where county lines activity is suspected.

What will the Council do?

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, along with other partners are working together to develop intelligence, prioritise action against the most serious offenders, and engage with partners across government to tackle the wider issues. 

If a tenant of the Council is found to be involved in the cultivation, supply of illegal drugs, and/or involved in the exploitation of others from one of our properties enforcement action will be pursued. This means the resident risks making themselves homeless. 

If a child or vulnerable person is found to be or suspected of being exploited from one of our properties, prompt support will be provided to try and ensure their safety.

Further information

More information, advice and support can be found at: 

Last updated Tuesday, 29th August 2023

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