‘Young people cannot be protected from drugs gangs’

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Young people being placed in unregulated accommodation in Essex from London cannot be adequately protected from drugs gangs running county lines in the county, councillors have been told. The incidences and profile of drug gangs, knife crime and county lines operations is increasing in Essex. Last year 1,000 people were arrested in connection with county lines, with Essex Police admitting it not making a discernible difference.

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