Met police hails success in county lines drugs crackdown

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Covid lockdowns and new tactics have contributed to rise in charges against drug dealers

A fresh crackdown on county lines drug dealing has resulted in police in London bringing 1,000 charges in just over a year, the Metropolitan police has said.

The successes were the result of new tactics and the coronavirus lockdown prompting criminals to switch to riskier tactics, because child drug runners travelling from the capital could no longer blend into the crowd on busy trains and coaches.

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