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County lines - spot the signs

Spot the signs is a force campaign aimed to help protect vulnerable children and young people from exploitation and abuse. Nottinghamshire Police is working closely with partners and charities to bring awareness of victims being taken advantage of by criminals. Exploitation can happen to any young person at any time.

What does county lines mean?

County lines is a form of criminal exploitation in which criminals groom and manipulate children into drug dealing.

The 'lines' refer to mobile phones that are used to control a young person who is delivering drugs.

Look Closer campaign

The #LookCloser campaign, developed in partnership with the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre and British Transport Police, encourages everyone to learn the signs of child exploitation and how to report it if worried.

Spot the signs

  • Leaving home with no explanation
  • Receiving excess amount of phone calls or texts
  • New friendships with older controlling people
  • Suddenly having new clothes or money

Report it

Help us protect children and young people from exploitation and abuse. Don’t wait. Report it: If you are concerned about a child and think it’s an emergency, dial 999 or 101 if it’s not an emergency.

On a train text British Transport Police on 61016. If you would rather remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online or call 0800 555 111.

Going out of town

Are you worried about yourself or concerned about a young person you know? Visit HashtagNG.co.uk to watch a true story re-enacted by Nottinghamshire actors to learn more about the dangers of County Lines.

The force works in partnership with the Nottinghamshire Violence Reduction Unit to help tackle the issue. The VRU offers a tailored service for young people, their families/carers and professionals. Ranging from one-off to longer term support. To ensure support for young people is coordinated to meet their range of needs, they provide services in partnership with health, education and youth justice services.

Video resources

More information can be found on the County Lines and Child Exploitation website