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Britain’s top cop demands telecoms firms shut down phones used for county lines drug dealing

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BRITAIN’S top cop called on telecoms companies to shut down phones used for county lines drug dealing.

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said it was “glaringly obvious” from phone data when mobiles were being used by dealers.

She added: “It’s a unique way of using phones like that.

“We’d say it’s obvious to the companies who supply the devices. Why don’t they just switch them off, just like that?”

Ms Dick said meetings were taking place between the police, the Home Office and phone companies in an effort to solve the problem.

She said: “I’m very hopeful we will come to a satisfactory conclusion but we’re not there yet.”

“We want to destroy this model.''

The Met charged 1,300 county lines suspects in the year up to the end of March with around 2,000 offences.

Offences included more than 20 murders, hundreds of robberies and drug trafficking.

Ms Dick said: "There is an undeniable link between drugs and violence."

A total of 87 county lines networks supplying drugs from the capital to rural and coastal areas across 11 regions were closed down between 1 November last year and May 20.

Met Police chief Cressida Dick says 'we will be talking to people about the opportunity to get away from a life of violence' and hopes coronavirus has given those people 'time away from crime and a time to think'

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