Gang culture is growing in the UK, with increasingly young people joining gangs, often carrying imitation or real firearms and knives, both for protection and as part of their image.  For more information on how to help your child please refer to the information below. 

County Lines

County Lines is where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries (although not exclusively), usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs. The ‘County Line’ is the mobile phone line used to take the orders of drugs. Importing areas (areas where the drugs are taken to) are reporting increased levels of violence and weapons-related crimes as a result of this trend.

For more information about Drugs and Gang Culture please visit County Lines on 

Knife Crime

Knife crime’ is simply any crime that involves a knife. 

This includes: 

  • carrying a knife or trying to buy one if you’re under 18 
  • threatening someone with a knife 
  • carrying a knife that is banned 
  • a murder where the victim was stabbed with a knife 
  • a robbery or burglary where the thieves carried a knife as a weapon 


Some young people say that they carry a knife for protection or to make them feel safer, even though they wouldn’t think of using it. However, research has shown that you’re actually more likely to become a victim of crime if you’re carrying a knife

In some cases, teens have been injured or killed by someone else using the knife they were carrying.

For more information about Stop Knife Crime please visit the links:

Lost Hours

The Lost Hours campaign has been launched by Barking and Dagenham Council to tackle the issue head on with the local community. Central to the campaign is an ask of parents to take more responsibility in knowing where their kids are and what they are up to.

Please click on the link for more information –


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