A poster highlighting the dangers of becoming involved in drug trafficking is set to be displayed in schools throughout the county after 13-year-old Megan Wells, a student at Wayland Academy Norfolk, won a competition organised by Norfolk Constabulary.
The poster competition is part of a Norfolk Constabulary initiative with schools to highlight the risks posed by County Lines drugs gangs, who exploit children by using them to carry drugs.
With children as young as 12 known to have been targeted, the awareness drive has sought to raise awareness of the County Lines threat through a touring theatre production for Year 8 students.
After watching the theatre production at Wayland Academy Norfolk, Megan was one of those who entered the poster competition. Megan’s winning design shows an exchange of drugs taking place, with a pair of handcuffs around the wrist of one of the participants – accompanied by a stark warning that County Lines drug trafficking can result in physical and mental abuse and cause a lot of trouble.
“I wanted to give an example of what was happening, whilst providing information. I’ve been told that the poster is going to be used across all schools. I hope it makes them aware of what County Lines is and the hazards of becoming involved in it.”
Norfolk Constabulary’s Youth Engagement Officer, Emily Clark, commented:
“We have had a fantastic response to our poster competition that followed the County Lines theatre production for year 8 students across the County. Megan interpreted the brief really well and produced a poster that was eye catching, described the issue and gave good advice.”