Prime Minister Boris Johnson was out with police in Liverpool for an early morning drugs bust as he vowed to smash thousands of gangs operating across the country.
Mr Johnson attended a police briefing before going on the drugs raid with Merseyside police in the early hours of Monday morning (6 December).
Wearing a stab proof Kevlar vest and police issued beanie, the Prime Minister said:
“We want everybody to be able to grow up in safer streets, everybody to have the right to have a safe community to grow up in and too many people have their lives blighted by these county lines gangs, so you’ve got to do two things at once.
“You’ve got to be tougher on the county lines gangs, you’ve got to be tougher on the criminals who are doing it, but you’ve also got to make sure that you find those 300,000 people and you help them.
“You can’t simply arrest them time after time and put them back into prison again and again – you’ve got to do rehab as well.”
The Home Office says illegal drugs carry a cost to the taxpayer of nearly £20 billion every year and almost half of all burglaries and robberies are committed by the 300,000 heroin and cocaine addicts in England with whole communities forced to endure the misery these cause.
This week the Government has announced communities across England will receive the largest ever funding boost for drug treatment services to help people and reduce crime on our streets, under a new strategy.
The money will go towards improving access to treatment and increasing the capacity of services, helping to reverse the upward trend in drug use and level up by tackling this major driver of crime, which disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable and poorest communities.
It will include what ministers say will be the biggest increase in investment and recovery in an attempt to end the cycle of addiction and repeat offending.
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