Venue: Committee Room 2, CO3, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL
Contact: Lucy Tricker, Senior Democratic Services Officer Email: Direct.Democracy@thurrock.gov.uk
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Hidden and Extreme Harms Prevention Committee held on 4 October 2022.
The minutes of the Hidden and Extreme Harms Prevention Committee meeting held on 4 October 2022 were approved as a true and correct record.
Items of Urgent Business
To receive additional items that the Chair is of the opinion should be
considered as a matter of urgency, in accordance with Section 100B
(4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.
There were no items of urgent business.
Declarations of Interest
There were no interests declared.
Essex Police: Operation Raptor Verbal Update
Detective Inspector (DI) Tanya Steele
introduced herself and explained that the Operation Raptor team
within Essex Police operated county-wide and was dedicated to
tackling county lines drug distribution and high harm groups within
this. She explained that the Operation Raptor team was embedded
within the Serious Violence Unit and followed the ‘Triple P
Model’ of prevent, protect, and pursue to reduce the risk of
harm to Essex residents. DI Steele clarified the definition of
county lines, which was gangs and organised criminals who export
and distribute illegal drugs within the UK using dedicated phone
lines, and had been agreed upon in Serious Violence Unit Strategy
2018. She explained that the county line gangs often used young
people to move and store drugs, and used violence and sexual
violence on these young people. DI Steele added that Operation
Raptor had a very specific mandate regarding county lines gangs, as
their operations focussed on the suspects who could cause the
highest harm. She clarified that this was assessed based on
categories such as the likelihood they could cause child sexual
exploitation and commit acts of sexual violence. She stated that
the team focussed on individuals with significant roles in county
lines operations, which often meant that investigations were
complex and focussed on building cases to ensure the police could
prove high culpability. She stated that the Operation Raptor team
focussed on significant individuals as these had the highest impact
on the county lines operation when they were removed. She confirmed
that when the arrest of an individual was made, the Operation
Raptor team usually had a case prepared to ensure the Crown
Prosecution Service could try for the highest or most appropriate
The Service Manager – Children Looked
After introduced the report and stated that Unaccompanied
Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) often arrived in the UK after long
and dangerous journeys, and it was the job of the receiving local
authority to assess their needs and provide them with appropriate
care and accommodation. He explained that UASC were received
through various means, such as in the backs of lorries in
Thurrock’s services and in small boats in Kent. He stated
that every local authority in the UK was set a quota for the
numbers of UASC they were required to take and provide care for,
and this quota was set against the child population. He explained
that previously the quota had been 0.07% of the child population,
but this had recently increased to 0.1%. He clarified that for
Thurrock this was an increase from 31 UASC to 45 UASC, which
increased the number of placements required; the caseload for
social workers; and the caseload for the aftercare team, as many
UASC were aged between 16-18 and were approaching adulthood.
The Committee agreed to add an update from the local community policing team or children’s safeguarding team to discuss knife crime in Thurrock.