A leading Senior Criminologist at the University of Suffolk has been invited to Westminster to address MPs and Peers.
Dr Paul Andell will speak at the event on county lines drug trafficking, exploitation and violence.
The event is a joint venture between the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Drug Policy Reform and the APPG on Knife Crime.
With an expected audience of 30 MPs and Peers, and representing the two groups’ distinct focuses, the intention is to explore and highlight both how the criminalisation of drugs and subsequent existence of an illicit drugs market contributes to county lines exploitation. It will also look at how county lines impact on levels of serious youth violence and how this should be tackled.
Dr Paul Andell has more than 25 years of experience of working in the criminal justice field and is author of Thinking Seriously About Gangs (Palgrave 2019). In 2017 he was commissioned by Suffolk County Council with his colleague Professor John Pitts to explore the issues stemming from county lines. The subsequent research report, ‘Preventing the violent and sexual victimisation of vulnerable gang-involved and gang-affected children and young people in Ipswich’ received national attention and was referenced widely by media exploring the issues behind the 2018 murder of Tavis Spencer-Aikens in Ipswich.
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