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Hauliers are being trained by the police to keep an eye out for criminal exploitation and vulnerability across counties in the Midlands. ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ is a project that delivers bespoke training sessions to raise awareness of crime taking place across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. Ram Aston, crime inspector at West Mercia police, said: “Haulage companies are the latest companies our exploitation and vulnerability trainers are working with to offer this fantastic training.

“Lorry drivers are on the road frequently and will be familiar with the main routes through our counties, they park up at service stations, laybys and overnight lorry parks and play an absolutely vital role in helping to tackle criminal exploitation and identifying vulnerability hotspots. “We know criminals use our road network to commit crime, whether they’re travelling from other areas into our counties to commit crime, or trafficking children and young people to criminally exploit them. “Lorry drivers are our eyes and ears, we want them to know the signs to look out for and if they see anything that seems out of the ordinary or suspicious we want to hear from them.”

So far, 20,645 frontline professionals working in licensed premises, hotels, education, post people, refuge collectors, social services, and for local authorities have received We Don’t Buy Crime’s exploitation and vulnerability training.