Crimestoppers are raising awareness of the threat criminal gangs are bringing to the vulnerable
The charity is raising awareness of so called “cuckooing”. This is where organised criminals prey on the vulnerable and work their way into victims homes. From there set up a base to operate their illegal activities.
This type of exploitation is on the increase in rural areas, where gangs have more time to undertake their business without detection.
Criminals from Liverpool and Manchester are all thought to be using these tactics in Cheshire. Those targeted are forced to carry out crimes themselves, under the threat of violence and extortion. Grooming is also thought to be taking place.
Over the last six months, Crimestoppers has had over six hundred pieces of information, all given anonymously, by members of the public in Cheshire on drug trafficking and supply. In turn, the charity says this has led to a number of arrests and seizures by Cheshire Police.
Gary Murray, Crimestoppers Regional Manager for the North West told us:
“The gangs don’t care, they just want to make money. Along with the drugs they’re bringing in; they’re bringing violence, exploitation, and grooming to areas that wouldn’t usually see this type of activity.
It’s a major issue and we need the public’s help to stop this.”