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Newark College students taught how to recognise signs of exploitation by liaison officer for Nottinghamshire Police

Students were taught how to recognise signs of exploitation in sessions in Newark.

Pc Nick Stenner, school and college liaison officer for Nottinghamshire Police, delivered specialist County Lines awareness training to 140 students at Newark College over two days.

County Lines is a term used for criminal exploitation, where gangs and organised crime networks exploit children to sell drugs.

PC NICK STENNER talks to students at Newark College.
PC NICK STENNER talks to students at Newark College.

Often these children are made to travel across counties.

The sessions revealed who was most at risk of being targeted by criminal networks and the consequences for those involved.

Pc Stenner (pictured above) said: “It is important for young people to have an awareness of what’s going on in their community and what to look out for.

“11 to 17 year olds are the most under represented group at reporting crimes and we hope these sessions will help encourage them to report incidents to the police.”

Pc Stenner specialises in early intervention and has previously delivered County Lines and substance abuse training to college staff as part of his mission to keep younger people safe.

Anyone wanting more information about County Lines, orto report a crime or concern anonymously, go to fearless.org

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