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Three arrests in county lines raid

Officers from Warwickshire Police have arrested three people following concerns that a vulnerable person was being exploited by drug dealers in Atherstone.

Officers went to an address in Tannery Close yesterday (Monday 19 August) morning following a report that drug dealers were cuckooing the property. Cuckooing is a term used to describe drug dealers taking over a house to deal from. They will often target vulnerable people.

The officers arrested three males at the address and seized a quantity of what they believe to be cocaine as well as knives and cash. The males were:

  • A 16-year-old boy from Kingswinford arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and burglary.
  • A 16-year-old boy of no fixed abode arrested on suspicion of burglary.
  • A 20-year-old man from Tipton arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and burglary.

All three have been bailed until the middle of September while enquiries continue.

Sergeant Neil Pearsall from the North Warwickshire Safer Neighbourhood Teams said: "We are committed to disrupting the activity of people involved in county lines drug networks and protecting the most vulnerable people in the community who are exploited by these drug dealers."

If you have any information about suspected drugs related activity or if you are concerned about a vulnerable person being exploited, contact Warwickshire Police on 101. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via

More information on county lines and how to spot the signs can be found by clicking here.


Posed by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 20/08/19