Criminal Exploitation & County Lines

Criminal exploitation of children and young people (many of whom are vulnerable) is an issue nationally and it is happening in North Yorkshire too.

Criminal exploitation takes many forms, the most common relating to the supply and movement of drugs (often referred to as “County Lines”), offences in relation to guns and other weapons, money laundering, violent offences and in some cases “cuckooing” where criminals forcibly take over control of a person’s home. See the below video which has been developed in parternship bewteen Ripon & Rural Prevention Team, Harrogate Safer Communities and North Yorkshire Police for an overview of Criminal Exploitation, County Lines and Drug Awareness. 

In addition, to raise further awareness, Programme Challenger has developed the “Trapped” campaign which comprises a poster, target leaflets (download below), a wallet card (both of which include augmented reality – see for more information) and a short film made by a design company and actors based in north Manchester ( - County Lines). A web page containing more information about Trapped is in development and can be found at

There are a number of resources available to use as well as support from organisations such as:

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North Yorkshire Police are able to provide key input to educate children and young people, professionals, parents and carers in relation to Criminal Exploitation and County Lines. Please contact the Youth Team at for further information.

To report a Crime or Incident to the Police please contact 101 or in an emergency 999 or visit - to report it online

For local guidance in relation to exploitation please see:


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