The Crimestoppers County Lines campaign visited Warwickshire on July 30, to raise awareness of how criminal gangs from outside the area seek to exploit the vulnerable here, often in the supply of illegal drugs.
Independent charity Crimestoppers launched the national campaign with an ad van touring the country to spread the message about how organised crime groups from the big metropolitan cities are targeting more suburban and rural areas, most usually to facilitate the supply of illegal drugs.
County Lines gangs often exploit children and vulnerable adults to move drugs and money. The gangs move into a rural or suburban area for a short time, taking over the home of a vulnerable person where they set up a base.
Many of those taken advantage of by these gangs have been forced to carry out criminal activity by threats, grooming and extortion and can be described as modern day slaves.
First stop on the tour of Warwickshire was Stratford-upon-Avon where the PCC met Crimestoppers representatives to find out more and lend his support.