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Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

It's claimed that drug dealers from London and other big cities are "hammering" parts of Cumbria. MPs will debate this later today.

London drill rapper Trigga T, whose real name is Daniel Olaloko, was jailed along with three others last week for supplying heroin and crack cocaine in Barrow.

Drug use picture from Michael Buchanan report

It's a problem that's recently attracted a lot of attention in the town; gangsters from elsewhere using vulnerable local people to sell drugs on the streets of Cumbria, known as county lines.

One Barrow drug user, who wanted to remain anonymous, recently told BBC London criminals had taken over the town. And a meeting of Cumbria's Police and Crime Panel this week heard Barrow was "getting hammered" by these out-of-town criminals.

The Barrow and Furness independent MP John Woodcock, has secured a debate in Parliament on the issue this afternoon.