County Lines

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th October 2021.

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Photo of Shaun Bailey Shaun Bailey Conservative

For each year, Aug 2015 to July 2016, Aug 2016 to July 2017, Aug 2017 to July 2018, Aug 2018 to July 2019, Aug 2019 to July 2020 and Aug 2020 to July 2021, for county lines, how many:

• Arrests have been made

• Children rescued from this crime

• [County Lines have] Been broken

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Prior to November 2019 there were no county lines flags on MPS systems to help collate such data. It is therefore not possible to provide any MPS data for the period before November 2019. Without reviewing individual records, even subsequent to November 2019 it is only possible to provide aggregated MPS data.

From November 2019 to July 2021 the MPS, working in collaboration with forces across the country, has closed an estimated 533 lines originating from London, arrested 1,055 individuals linked to county lines offending and safeguarded 491 exploited children.

Since 2018 I have supported young Londoners up to the age of 25 exploited by county lines drugs networks through the Rescue and Response programme, where I have provided £5.7m of investment.