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County Lines

Exploitation and Drug Dealing among Urban Street Gangs

By Simon Harding

Published

6 May 2020

Page count

330 pages

ISBN

978-1529203080

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Published

6 May 2020

Page count

330 pages

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234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press
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Published

6 May 2020

Page count

330 pages

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978-1529203110

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6 May 2020

Page count

330 pages

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In the media

'UK police fear explosion of violent crime as lockdown eases' in The Guardian
'Drug g
angs doing lockdown business'
in Professional Security Magazine

Described by the National Crime Agency as a ‘significant threat’, county lines involve gangs recruiting vulnerable youth to sell drugs in provincial areas. This phenomenon has impacted local drug markets, increasing criminal activity and violence.

Exploring how county lines evolve, Harding reveals extensive criminal exploitation and control in the daily ‘grind’ to sell drugs.

Drawing upon extensive interviews and case studies, this timely book gives voice to users and dealers, providing an in-depth analysis of techniques, relationships and ‘trapping’.

With county lines now a critical issue for policing and government, this is an invaluable contribution to literature on gangs, youth violence and drugs.

“Based on extensive fieldwork with young people involved in county lines and the professionals who are endeavouring to stop them…Simon Harding synthesises and contextualises…while adding an important new perspective...to [County Lines] literature.” Youth & Policy

"This book is a tour-de-force of county lines drug dealing and the exploitation that accompanies it." Deborah Jump, Manchester Metropolitan University

"Simon Harding’s gritty new book exposes the full complexity of the county lines phenomenon, taking us beyond the headlines directly into the lives of the offenders, victims, and professionals involved." James Densley, Metropolitan State University

"Harding’s expertly researched examination of county lines networks is important and timely. This is a first-rate book, a must-read for gang scholars but also for policing and government." Ross Deuchar, University of the West of Scotland

Simon Harding is Professor of Criminology at University of West London and Director of the National Centre for Gang Research. His career experience includes 30 years of researching and working on crime and community safety in policy, practice and academia.

Introduction

A Changed Landscape?

Emergence and Change

Getting Started: ‘Put Me On, Bruv’

Grinding

Controlling the Line: Exploitation and Sanctions

Cuckooing and Nuanced Dealing Relationships

Ripples, Reverberations and Responses

Conclusion