A week of action against 'county line' drug dealers has seen 91 people arrested and 573g of crack, heroin and cocaine seized by Thames Valley police across Berkshire, Bucks and Oxfordshire.

The force was making its own contribution to the National Crime Agency's Stronghold campaign against crime and exploitation across the country.

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County lines drug dealing is carried out by organised crime groups moving drugs from cities into smaller towns and rural areas, using violence and intimidation to exploit children and vulnerable people who may have addiction or mental health issues.

During the week of action police engaged with 72 vulnerable people, some of whom had had their homes invaded by dealers - a process known as cuckooing.

During this week, the force also launched a unique lesson plan package to Thames Valley schools, using a video of Dee, an ex-offender who was involved in child drug exploitation talking about his experiences and the realities and impacts of these crimes.

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There have also been knife arches at railway stations, along with dogs and high visibility patrols.

Officers seized more than £50,000 in cash associated with drug dealing.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard List said: “We will not tolerate those who attempt to exploit our communities, and to bring to drugs into them.

“We know who you are, we will arrest you, stop your supply and seize your drugs and cash."

“It is important that the public helps us in our fight against serious organised crime by reporting drug dealing or anything else which is of concern to them. If you are worried that someone you know is being exploited by drug dealers, please report it. We can then take the necessary steps to safeguard them and identify those responsible.

“You can make a report by calling us on 101, or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”