Chief Inspector Stuart Ratcliffe from Hampshire Constabulary has said there are a number of things which residents can do to make sure their areas are not targeted by county lines drug gangs.

The police chief said parents should look out for signs that their children are being exploited while residents should be “good neighbours” by checking on vulnerable people.

Ch Insp Ratcliffe said: “No one knows children better than their parents.

“So if they become aware of any unexplained change in behaviour, or start getting new clothes or becoming more isolated then there may be something amiss.”

He added: “As far as residents are concerned, if you haven’t seen an occupant in a while or see an increase of people entering a property or taxis arriving, it may be worth checking in on them.”

Ch Insp Ratcliffe said that people should trust their guts if they believe something is wrong and get in touch with the police.

On November 12 there will be a free drug awareness workshop for parents being held at the Civic Offices in London Road.

Also for anyone who feels vulnerable and unsafe reporting drugs activity, they can do so anonymously via