Serious drug offences surge during lockdown, but overall crime falls
Euro News

Serious drug offences surge during lockdown, but overall crime falls

Drugs offences soared by 27 per cent during lockdown despite total recorded crime dropping by a quarter, it has emerged.

Data showed that thousands more crimes linked to banned substances were recorded by police in England and Wales between March 23 and May 25 than in the same nine-week period last year.

There was also a rise of nine per cent compared with the number of recorded offences between January 20 and March 23 this year, the PA news agency reports.

In total, 26 forces that responded recorded a total of 25,297 drugs offences, including trafficking and possession, between March 23 and March 25 this year, compared with 19,840 in the same period in 2019.

There were 23,113 drug crimes recorded between January 20 and March 23 this year.

Latest national crime figures from the National Police Chiefs’ Council showed a 25 per cent drop in England and Wales in the four-week period to May 10.

The Metropolitan Police had reported that some drug dealers had started providing home deliveries during lockdown.



Commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, said: “We know some of the drug dealers, both in county lines and beyond, have adapted the way they operate.

“There has certainly been talk of more home deliveries to people’s houses by those who are brave. That’s certainly what my local officers are telling me, that they are seeing more of that.”

National Crime Agency director Lynne Owens also claimed dealers were trying to disguise themselves as key workers by wearing hi-vis clothing and operating from supermarket car parks.

Gangs expert Professor Simon Harding also reported dealers were dressing as joggers and using fake NHS ID badges.

Between March 16 and May 20, Met officers made 800 more arrests related to drug crime compared with the same period in 2019 (1,431 to 2,232), and charged nearly 500 more people (346 to 841).

Police also seized £22.4 million thought to be linked to drug crime in cash, freezing orders and confiscations.

.

mm
Nicole Benitez
Nicole Benitez is the author of our Euro News section. As the world awakens to a new dawn idea, a lot of fake news and misconceptions are communicated to the public when there is no need! For all our clarifications and Europe related policy decisions, Nicole is who we rely on. Her eloquence when debating issues plaguing Europe will leave you starstruck!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *