Mids to Mersyside – 80 drug arrests
A new policing unit set up to disrupt drug activity from the Mids to the North West has seen more than 80 arrests in a month, according to British Transport Police.
It’s a joint operation with Merseyside Police throughout the north west of England and at Liverpool Lime Street station.
The taskforce, funded by the Home Office, aims to tackle drug gangs couriering drugs and cash across the rail network and their exploitation of children and vulnerable people.
This latest operation is one of many at transport hubs across England, Wales and Scotland, with 80 people being arrested by BTP officers since the team began in December 2019.
In two months, nearly £20,000 in cash and a host of Class A and Class B drugs have been seized alongside deadly weapons includnig knives, knuckle dusters and a shotgun.
The stats mirror a recent report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services which highlighted BTPs work on County Lines.
It praised the force for its efforts, including its work to identify vulnerable people involved in County Lines, its training of railway staff on the issue, and its work with the Railway Children charity.
The operation today was combined with a series of morning raids at homes in Merseyside and North Wales, with officers searching homes of suspected drug dealers.
Raid teams from North Wales Police, Merseyside Police and British Transport Police were all involved.
Also in attendance was Home Secretary Priti Patel, who witnessed first hand the collaboration between BTP and other forces in tackling County Lines gangs.