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County traces: Police need overview of ‘legal abuse’ of pay-as-you go telephones – Sky Information


Police forces report restrictions on the use of pay-as-you-go phones to help combat drug gangs in the district, according to a report.

officers suggested that "people must register personal information when purchasing a cell phone or a replacement SIM card" to prevent the handsets and numbers from being used for drug trafficking. This is based on the findings of Her Majesty's Police and Fire Department Services (HMICFRS) said.

The term county boundaries is used to describe gangs and organized criminal groups that distribute drugs from normally larger cities to smaller cities across the country and do business with suppliers and buyers using cell phones.

The gangs typically force children and vulnerable adults to transport and store drugs and money. The Home Office conducts a crime investigation into the abuse of mobile phones that "investigate" communications regulations should.

The reports go on to say, "The current regulations that make crime possible by allowing people to buy phones and numbers anonymously should be reviewed."

Former detective Mark Powell, one of the HMICFRS inspectors who worked on the report, told reporters that the "impression" of the officials they spoke to was that restrictions on anonymous phone purchases were "welcome".

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He said: "Officials have to resort to lengthy investigations to prove who had a phone.

" But there is clearly a broader debate.

"We are not to say anonymity, should no longer be available to everyone, but we say there must be a review of criminal misuse of cell phones."

He added that it should be checked whether regulations need to be "strengthened" – but this was "not the end of the levy".

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"Therefore we say that the matter should be considered."

Officials have "little support" for applying court orders that block phones and numbers suspected of being used for drug trafficking because dealers "quickly and anonymously obtain replacement phones and numbers" , says the report.

Officials informed the inspectors in one case that a drug gang had received and shared a new phone number within an hour of an order being issued.

A special team from the National Crime Agency suggested that the use of such commands should be determined during the review, the report added.

Recent analysis suggests that there are more than 2,000 executive phone numbers in the United Kingdom that are connected to around 1,000 district managers.

London, Birmingham and Liverpool are the main export areas, other district lines come from 23 other armed forces, inspectors said.

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Inspectors also suggested in the report that children who were expelled from school were at an "increased risk" of being involved in county drug gangs, and expressed concerns about how to deal with the vulnerable, who were involved in the gangs were circumvented by the police.

They also said in the report that the current structure of 43 armed forces could hinder the successful combat of district boundaries by the police and that the armed forces need to work more closely together.

Mr. Powell said the HMICFRS recommendations, if adopted, would result in "fewer people sliding through the network".

Sir Thomas added: "It will save lives from destruction by crime and exploitation." According to the report, the use of judicial orders to block mobile phones that are involved in drug trafficking is being reviewed. […]


A spokeswoman added: "We are investing £ 20m to further disrupt County Lines and founded the National County Lines Coordination Center, which has so far resulted in more than 2,500 arrests and to secure over 3,000 vulnerable children and adults led. "