COMMONS

Committee examine ‘county lines’ drug distribution networks

29 January 2019

As part of its inquiry into serious violence, the Home Affairs Committee hears evidence on the ‘county lines’ drug distribution methodology and its role in driving serious violent crime. Members will hear from policing authorities responding to the issue.

Purpose of the session

The session is likely to cover:

  • The scale and nature of the county lines problem, and factors driving this form of drug distribution and exploitation
  • The relationship between county lines and recent increases in serious violence
  • The response of the police and other agencies to county lines, including disrupting networks and safeguarding trafficked and exploited children, and
  • The role of Government funding reductions, including on the ability of police forces to respond effectively to county lines.

Witnesses

Tuesday 29 January, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 10am

  • Deputy Assistant Commissioner Duncan Ball, Lead for Gangs, National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC)
  • Nikki Holland, Director of Investigations, National Crime Agency
  • Assistant Chief Constable Jacqueline Sebire, Bedfordshire Police and NPCC Serious Violence Co-ordinator

At 11am

  • Councillor Simon Blackburn, Chair - Safer and Stronger Communities Board, Local Government Association
  • Lucy Dacey, National Programme Manager, Disrupting Exploitation Programme, The Children's Society
  • Simon Ford, Director, Violence and Vulnerability Unit
  • Evan Jones, Head of Community Services, St Giles Trust

Further information

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