Gangs

County Lines

The National Crime Agency describes the way street gangs, exploiting vulnerable younger adolescents in both the major cities and the destination locations, distribute narcotics across wide swathes of the country. (County Lines, Gangs and Safeguarding 2016)

It appears that the proliferation of drug markets in England and Wales has been a major factor in the emergence of street gangs and gang culture outside the major UK cities (Pitts, 2008, Andell & Pitts, 2010).

Public Health, in consultation with the LSCB, commissioned a piece of research around Youth Gangs and Violence. The research will be undertaken by the University of Suffolk in 3 geographical phases 1) Ipswich 2) West Suffolk 3) East Suffolk. Phase 1 was completed and the findings published (restricted) in June 2017.

The purpose of the research was to:

It focussed on the recent gang activity in Ipswich and the associated safeguarding concerns.

Initial findings from the study identified:

 

A multi agency response is being co-ordinated in Autumn 2017, lead by the YOS Head of Service.

 

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