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Advice for young people

County Lines gangs groom young people by giving gifts and money - learn how to spot the signs before you become part of a gang.

If you’re feeling pressured to join a gang or carry out tasks for gang members, it’s important you stay strong. Joining a gang could ruin your future – and you could even end up losing your life.

To help avoid getting caught up in gang culture, avoid associating with gang members or ‘wannabe’ gang members, and don’t hang out where you know they’re likely to be.

Steer clear of parties or social events which you know are organised by gang members and their associates.

Talk to a trusted adult -  parents, teachers about your concerns. The links in the Also See menu provide details of other organisations which can offer further help.

Don’t be tempted to accept gifts, money, or items such as food and alcohol from people who you know to be gang members or gang associates. They could be grooming you to join in with their activities.

If you’re asked to carry out a job for someone who you think is in a gang, say no. It might seem harmless and like easy money, but things could soon spiral out of control.


Get Support and Advice

Childline offer advice to help you say no to anything you do not want to do.

Fearless access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. What makes this site different is they provide you with a safe place to give information  about crime - 100% anonymously.

If you want to give information about gang crime, you can do so completely anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or giving information online.

Your details will be kept completely anonymous and will not be passed to police.

Talk to Frank is a charity which helps young people who want to kick their drug habit. You can call them confidentially on 0300 123 6600 – this number is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

You can also talk to them anonymously live online on their website. You can text them on 82111 and you can also email them

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