DRUGS, County Lines and anti social behaviour were on the agenda when Redditch MP Rachel Maclean joined local beat bobby PC Chris Burns on patrol around the town.
THE MP was taken around the town in a marked police car last Thursday, August 30, to experience for herself the patrols police undertake.
“It is absolutely essential for me to hear the challenges of frontline policing, and to discuss the ongoing issues officers face here in Redditch,” she said.
“The ongoing issues with drugs, gangs and county lines are incredibly serious and I will be raising them with the relevant ministers in Parliament.”
County Lines is the term used for criminal gangs sending drugs and money from UK cities into suburban, rural and coastal areas using vulnerable adults and even children to courier them.
The Crimestoppers charity has launched a campaign to crackdown on the problem and is appealing for people in Redditch to look out for:
A child or young person (sometimes as young as 12), during school hours or unusual hours (e.g. early in the morning, late at night).
A child or young person who seems unfamiliar with the local area?
A child or young person being approached or intimidated by a controlling peer or group?
A child or vulnerable person who is deliberately avoiding authority figures such as police officers or security guards?
More people calling at a local address than normal? Sometimes at unsociable hours?
Suspicious vehicles or people at an address?
A neighbour has not been seen for a while?
A Crimestoppers spokesperson said: “You can contact us on 0800 555 111 or send an untraceable online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.”
Mrs Maclean said: “A huge thank you to PC Burns for allowing me to join him out on patrol around Redditch. It was fantastic to see the town through his eyes on the frontline.”