Crack cocaine and cash have been seized and four teenagers arrested by Bedfordshire Police officers investigating the stabbing of another teenager in Bedford.
The teenagers, aged between 14 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent, as well as possession with intent to supply Class A drugs yesterday (Thursday).
It follows the stabbing of another teenager four days ago on 31 May. The victim suffered serious injuries but is now in a stable condition.
Bedfordshire Police’s Boson guns and gangs team recovered the drugs and money after a warrant was issued yesterday.
All four teenagers were released on bail, pending further enquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Glynn said: “Our officers will be relentless in bringing anyone we suspect of being involved in gangs, drugs or violent activity to justice.
“My message to any young person reading this is clear: crime doesn’t pay. Being in a gang is not a glamorous life choice – if you go down this path, chances are you will end up in trouble with the police or risk being a victim of something like knife crime.
“If you are trapped in a gang or being exploited, please reach out to us or our partner agencies – there is dedicated support here in Bedfordshire to help you.”
She added that parents and carers have a role to play, asking them to ‘keep a watchful eye’ on what their children are up to.
Alarmingly younger children are also exploited by gangs to deal drugs or supply weapons.
The Detective Chief Inspector asked parents to report any concerns and said it “could make all the difference and help us keep a young person from serious harm.”
Bedfordshire police have issued the following key signs to identify a young person who may be involved in drugs or county lines activity:
- Always going missing from home or school and being found far away from where they live
- Expensive items they can’t account for, such as clothes, trainers, money or jewellery
- Lots of texts and phone calls on multiple mobile phones, especially cheap handsets
- Relationships with older, controlling people
- Suspicion of self harm, physical assault or unexplained injuries
- Using phrases like going country, going cunch, trap house, plugging and bando
- Lots of train tickets or receipts from buses and taxis
If you want to report any suspicious activity in your area, please report this information via 101 or through Bedfordshire.police.uk/report
All information is fed into police intelligence systems and helps officers build a picture of organised crime, even if officers do not act on the information straight away.
You can also report any information anonymously via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or through Crimestoppers-uk.org
For more information about all forms of exploitation linked to organised crime please visit bavex.co.uk.