Wednesday, 16 March 2016

They’re Cuckoo If They Think We Should Care About This…

Out-of-town drug dealers looking to base themselves in south Essex are taking over the homes of vulnerable people, police have warned.
Oh no! Those dastardly fiends! Who are they targeting, the elderly? The learning disabled?
The tactic, known as “cuckooing” , after the way cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds’ nests, involves gangs taking over drug users’ homes to store and deal drugs.


Never mind.
Sgt Ben Woollard, who is working with the Operation Raptor team, set up to tackle and disrupt drug-dealing gangs in the area, said his team had encountered the practice in both Southend and Basildon.
He added: “We are acutely aware of people who have their homes taken over by drug-dealing gangs and are under duress.
“At the forefront of our minds is the vulnerability of the victims of cuckooing.
“We will look to secure the safety of the individual, by getting them moved, using partner agencies or employing other tactics.
“They are often vulnerable, by the nature of their addiction, and we try to tackle that head-on as well.”


JohnM said...

I love this idea that there is a neat divide between Dealers (bad) and Addicts (good).

Andy said...

Being well aware of how cunning addicts can be, I am surprised that they don't grab the stash and have it away sharpish, as they say in estuary land.

Lynne at Counting Cats said...

They misappropriated the word "vulnerable". I smell a big steaming pile of lefty BS.

JuliaM said...

"I love this idea that there is a neat divide between Dealers (bad) and Addicts (good).

Never seems to extend to smokers, though, I note...

"I smell a big steaming pile of lefty BS."

A familiar scent these days...