A common feature in county lines drug supply is the exploitation of young and vulnerable people. The dealers target children and adults, often with mental health or addiction problems, to act as drug runners or move cash so they can stay under the radar of law enforcement.

It’s illegal to carry a knife, even if it belongs to somebody else. If you are caught you will be arrested and could end up in court or prison. The police can search anyone they suspect of carrying a knife. If you intend to use it as a weapon, even in self-defence, you could receive a prison sentence of up to 4 years.

Some people carry a knife for protection or to make them feel safer. However, research shows that you’re actually more likely to become a victim of crime if you carry a knife.

If parents or students have any concerns about friends or family involved in knife crime, gangs or drugs, they can anonymously contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111, Childline on 0800 1111, or visit https://www.trusted2know.co.uk/gangs-and-knives/