I would like to thank all those involved with the recent operation by Essex police to tackle county lines. As part of a national week of action aimed at disrupting County Lines drug gangs in Essex, specialist officers made 49 arrests, seized almost £100,000 in cash, 300g of loose Class A drugs and more than 1,100 prepared wraps of cocaine. "County Lines Intensification Week" took place across the whole of Essex between March 7 and March 13.
Russia’s continuing brutality in Ukraine is hugely distressing and concerning for us all.
In the middle of March, the Government launched the Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine, which allows you to sponsor a Ukrainian who does not have family in the UK. The government will match you or your charity, business or community group to a Ukrainian so they can come to the UK. Sponsors who provide homes or a spare room rent-free for six months or longer will receive £350 per month. There has been an incredible response from the British people. If you do know of anyone in Chelmsford whose family requires my assistance, please do ask them to contact me directly.
Essex County Council have some helpful up to date information on their website about how residents and businesses can help Ukrainian people. There is also information on sources of advice and guidance.
As part of my work in the Foreign Office, I have been spending a great deal of time travelling and working on reinforcing the overseas support for the condemnation of the Russia actions. I write a weekly summary of what I have been doing, so if you would like to know more about this work you can read the update on my website or in the Essex Chronicle.
If you do know of anyone in Chelmsford whose family requires my assistance, please do ask them to contact me directly.
I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful Easter.