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Cuckooing is when a gang takes over a vulnerable adult’s address for criminal purposes, usually as a site to supply, store or produce drugs.

Gangs will exploit an individual’s vulnerabilities in order to make a profit and avoid police detection. Cuckooing is often seen as a part of county lines criminality which involves drug gangs exploiting children and vulnerable adults.

The victims of cuckooing are often:

  • Those who suffer from drug and/or alcohol addiction
  • Those who are struggling financially
  • The elderly
  • People with mental health issues
  • People with learning disabilities.

If you know someone who is being cuckooed, contact the Police by calling 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111. Once you have reported to the police, please contact us by telephone, email or use the online reporting form.

If you are a victim of cuckooing yourself, tell someone – a family member, a friend or the Police.