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Britain's Child Drug Runners

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48 minutes
Rebecca Coxon
Rebecca Coxon
Executive Producer:
Brian Woods & Anna Hall


Children as young as 7 are being groomed to sell drugs for 'county lines’ in towns and villages all over the UK. 

With extraordinary access, this film follows the children trapped in the dangerous world of drug running; exploring how they got into it and why they can’t get out. 

With middle class families in rural Oxfordshire being affected, drugs gangs are no longer just operating in the big cities and it has become a priority for police forces around the country. 

While the drugs gangs profit, many parents feel powerless as their children risk their lives carrying crack cocaine and heroin, and staying in so-called ‘trap houses’ for weeks at a time.

We follow police, parents and social workers trying to protect four young people and keep them safe, before it’s too late. 

Useful links... 

If you are a young person who is worried about your involvement, or a friend's involvement in county lines, it might be helpful to speak to an adult you trust.

You can also call Childline on 0800 1111. Childline is private and confidential service where you can talk to specially trained counsellors about anything that is worrying you.

You can speak to your local police by dialling 101, or in an emergency 999.

If you would rather remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you notice something linked to the railways, you can report concerns to the British Transport Police by texting 61016 from your mobile.

If you are worried about a young person being exploited by a criminal gang, the resources below may be helpful.

Thames Valley Police - County Lines Information


The Children’s Society - criminal exploitation and 'county lines' resources



The National Crime Agency


SPACE - Stop & Prevent Adolescent Criminal Exploitation