1. ITV Report

Cumbria police take part in county lines crime raids

Police have been carrying out raids across north west England Credit: Merseyside Police

Cumbria Police have taken part in a series of co-ordinated raids across the north west of England targeting so-called county lines crimes.

Specially trained officers searched a property in the west of the county as part of Project Medusa and arrested two people.

Detective Inspector Patrick McDonnell from Cumbria Police, said: "County lines is an exploitive type of drug supply that devastates local communities. The actions of today’s Project Medusa sends a strong message that we are determined to tackle it.

"Working together with other forces cross border is vital in ensuring that we catch the criminals involved right the way up from the lowest level to the people at the top of the chain."

The operation follows three successful previous Project Medusa raids conducted by Merseyside Police with other force areas including Cumbria, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Northumbria and North Wales where a number of arrests and seizures of drugs, weapons and mobile phones were carried out along with a number of stop searches.

‘County Lines’ is a term used when drug gangs from big cities expand their operations to smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs. These dealers will use dedicated mobile phone lines, known as 'deal lines', to take orders from drug users.