Figures from the National Crime Agency reveal that there are over 2,000 county lines across the UK. Detective Superintendent Andy O’Connor is the County Lines Lead for Merseyside Police discusses the importance of partnership working with partners and the public to break the cycle of recruitment into county lines and gang crime.
In the year ending March 2022, there were 45,000 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales. In this video, the Director of the National Centre for Gang Research discusses the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the behaviour of young people and the gaps in support which leave them vulnerable to exploitation.
According to the Office for National Statistics, there has been a 10% increase in knife-enabled crime in the past year. In this video, Jonathan Toy, Service Manager for Community Safety discusses the whole system approach they have in place that works as a preventive programme to meet individual’s needs and tackle serious youth crimes.