Responding to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, announcing that £20 million of additional funding would be targeted at tackling county lines drug gangs, Cllr Nickie Aiken, London Councils' Executive member for Schools and Children's Services, said:
“London is the epicentre of the county lines drug trade which extends, tentacle-like, across the country. The Home Secretary has rightly singled county lines out as a crime priority and the fresh funds for fighting this insidious form of organised crime are very welcome.
“County lines gangs are manipulating, exploiting and abusing a generation of vulnerable youngsters across the capital. I want to see this investment used to bring London gangs to justice and create greater public awareness of this national crisis.”