Boris Johnson to ‘cut the head off the snake’ of crime as he pledges to end county lines

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Boris Johnson to ‘cut the head off the snake’ of crime as he pledges to end county lines 1

The Prime Minister will set up a new Cabinet group aimed to tackle the rising levels of violent crime with a particular focus on “county lines” gangs. Moreover, Mr Johnson aims to restore the Tories as the party of law and order although he did admit they “been less clear” on crime in recent years.

According to The Times, a Cabinet source said: “Mr Johnson said that we have historically been strong on law and order but in recent years been less clear on it.

“He said that he wanted a return to clarity on it and addressing the concerns of the British public.”

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The new committee will be led by Mr Johnson, Priti Patel, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Said Javid.

The group will be modelled on the Brexit committee which led preparations for a no deal exit and is regarded as a template for decision-making.

In a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Ms Patel, revealed to ministers an estimated 10,000 children could be involved in country lines gangs.

Ms Patel also added the practice of drug-trafficking from rural into major cities could involve children as young as ten.

In order to tackle the problem, Ms Patel said ministers needed to “cut the head off the snake by going upstream”.

The Home Secretary also put forward the case that aid for countries which export crime to the UK should be made conditional in order to encourage co-operation with other governments.

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“I want to see the county lines drugs gangs wound up.

“They are reducing the quality of life for people across our country,

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“They are killing young kids.

“I want to see that thing totally wound up.”

In order to rectify the rise in violent crime and the crisis in the justice system, Mr Johnson made a series of pledges during the campaign such as increasing the number off police officers on the street.

Moreover, a No 10 spokesman for Mr Johnson commented: “Cabinet was told that every department in Whitehall should consider itself a criminal justice department and play its full part in reducing crime and delivering for the public.

“The Prime Minister said we must deliver long-term reforms in areas such as health, children’s social care, youth services, education and employment that are needed to tackle effectively the complex causes of crime.”

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