Date published: 17 July 2020
Lincolnshire Police has joined with independent charity Crimestoppers as part of a campaign to tackle drugs, violence and the exploitation of vulnerable people in Gainsborough.
This initiative has been launched after new figures up to March 2020, showed that violence without injury in Gainsborough was up by 28.9 per cent compared to the previously year and grievous bodily harm with intent also rose in the same period, by 5.6 per cent. The campaign aims to prevent and safeguard victims and bring offenders to justice.
Drug crime is a problem for many towns and cities throughout the UK and underpins many other related crimes and consequences, such as drug manufacturing, the exploitation of vulnerable people, drug addiction and serious violence.
West Lindsey District Councillor, Trevor Young, who is a ward member for Gainsborough has welcomed the news.
He said: “I am clearly very pleased that both the council and the police are taking this positive and proactive action along with the support of CrimeStoppers to run this campaign.
“I have been aware there has been a drug issue in the town for a number of years and have been calling for action to support and protect local residents. Drugs impact the quality of life of residents living in the town, which results in anti-social behaviour and drug related crimes.
“In light of the recent police enforcement in Gainsborough relating to drug supply, I welcome this campaign.
“I hope it will send a clear message that we will not tolerate drug supply in our town and I would encourage people to report intelligence on suspicious activity and crimes which can have a damaging and emotional impact on the lives and communities of people in the town.”
The campaign will continue building upon the successful work that has already been delivered in Gainsborough, as a part of the Violent Crime Reduction Initiative (VCRI).
Drug crime is often hidden in other activity; however, people are often exploited in plain sight and the consequences can ripple into the everyday life of those who are not ordinarily involved.
Those that do take part in drug activity come from a variety of backgrounds; whether they are young, old, UK citizens, EU migrants or from outside the EU altogether, male or female, unemployed to professional business people.
Working with Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire County Council and West Lindsey District Council, Crimestoppers is campaigning to raise awareness of the issues caused by Drug Crime. It will enable people to identify possible signs of drug activity, violence and exploitation, to encourage and empower the reporting of crime information.
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Look out for these potential signs that exploitation is happening:
Unable to leave their home address, shows signs that their movements are being controlled or they are unable to move freely. They don’t communicate freely and contact with others has reduced. They’re given leftovers to eat. It looks like they suffer from violence against them.
They may appear scared or fearful or they show anxiety and avoid eye contact. They act as though they have been instructed, they’re distrustful, there’s limited or no social interaction, they scavenge for food or resort to crime for food and/or money.
Has multiple people accessing their homes, there’s unusual or increased activity, there are unfamiliar people who appear to be staying at the address. There’s an increase in rubbish in and around the home, accommodation appears to be poorly maintained or unkempt.
They have no access to their earnings, they have large debts, no access to bank cards or documents, wages are paid into a different person’s account or their money is handed to someone else.
They suffer with regular injuries, have injuries that appear old or cannot be explained, they wear the same clothes every day.