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Act now to stop drugs and violence flooding Norfolk’s streets

PUBLISHED: 14:11 09 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:37 09 April 2018

Forces will recieve a hike in funding to tackle 'county lines' drug dealing 
Picture: Ian Burt

Forces will recieve a hike in funding to tackle 'county lines' drug dealing Picture: Ian Burt

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The spike in gang-related crime stalking the capital’s streets has sparked a swift response from the government.

Already here in the East we have seen the knock-on effects of the heightened gang activity in London and other urban areas with an increase in so-called “county lines” drugs distribution channels.

Put simply this means urban gangs widening their empires by sending drug dealers to more rural communities and smaller towns in a bid to get new customers hooked. Often the mules sent to deal the drugs in new areas are children.

But left to fester it won’t just be the drugs they will import to our towns and villages but the violence as well.

The home secretary’s announcement of more cash to fight the problem should be welcomed. But the issue of police cuts was dodged by the government.

Many will continue to argue that more bobbies means less drug dealers.

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