Urban criminal gangs setting up drug hotlines to expand operations into deprived seaside resorts, says National Crime Agency – The Independent

Posted August 13th, 2015 in drug offences, gangs, news, reports, young persons by sally

‘Urban criminal gangs are setting up dedicated drugs hotlines and using sophisticated marketing campaigns for a rapid expansion of their operations into deprived seaside resorts, the National Crime Agency have said.’
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The Independent, 12th August 2015

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What is life like in the UK’s witness protection programme? – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2015 in gangs, news, police, rape, witnesses by sally

The UK has a witness protection scheme but little has been revealed about it to date. Newsnight’s James Clayton has been given an exclusive insight into the programme and the people who’ve been through it.

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BBC News, 12th August 2015

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Norwich paedophile ring: Woman at centre of gang who made children ‘sexual play things’ guilty of 23 offences – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2015 in child abuse, conspiracy, gangs, news, rape, sexual offences, social services, women by sally

‘A woman has been found guilty of being at the centre of a paedophile ring which set children up as “sexual play-things” over more than a decade.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2015

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South Wales Police ‘did not investigate ID of child sex gang’ – BBC News

Posted July 14th, 2015 in gangs, news, police, reports, sexual grooming, sexual offences, Wales by tracey

‘Police did not try to identify a child sex gang which exploited a 15-year-old girl for four years, a watchdog says. Despite more than 40 child protection forms being completed, South Wales Police did not investigate the men or protect other children.’

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BBC News, 14th July 2015

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Met police to step up targeted stop and search amid surge in knife-crime – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police are to step up their use of targeted stop-and-search operations in high knife-crime areas of London due to a recent rise in stabbings in the capital.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2015

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Changes in legislation reflected in new gang definition – Home Office

Posted June 9th, 2015 in crime prevention, drug offences, gangs, injunctions, press releases by tracey

‘The Home Office has today (8 June) published revised statutory guidance to reflect changes to the legislation on gang injunctions.’

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Home Office, 8th June 2015

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Toblerone lorry thieves jailed – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2015 in conspiracy, gangs, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘Six men have been jailed after lorries and their loads including Toblerone chocolate and whiskey were stolen in Kent.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2015

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Footballer jailed for Gloucestershire drugs gang role – BBC News

Posted May 5th, 2015 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, gangs, news, sentencing by sally

‘Six men, including a former Cardiff City and QPR footballer, have been jailed for conspiring to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2015

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Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain – The Independent

Posted April 27th, 2015 in gangs, murder, news, sentencing, violent disorder, young offenders by sally

‘It is five years since the schoolboy was murdered in Victoria Station. His mother Naima talks to Joshi Herrmann about that terrible day.’

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The Independent, 25th April 2015

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Paedophile gang committed some of most ‘vile and depraved’ offences police had seen – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2015 in children, conspiracy, gangs, internet, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘A gang of paedophiles who raped and abused babies, toddlers and children under five in attacks that were streamed over the internet have been described by police as committing some of the most “vile and depraved” offences they had ever seen.’

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The Independent, 22nd April 2015

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West Midlands gang who hid behind umbrellas to steal £177k from 13 shops jailed for 27 years – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2015 in conspiracy, gangs, news, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘Armed gang members who used umbrellas to hide their identities as they embarked on a crime spree that saw them steal £177,000 from shops and supermarkets across the West Midlands have been jailed for more than 27 years.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2015

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Fake Viagra gang members sentenced for ‘large-scale criminal enterprise’ – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2015 in conspiracy, counterfeiting, gangs, medicines, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

‘Members of a gang that made up to £60,000 a week selling fake Viagra through a bogus mail order fishing tackle business have been sentenced for their part in what was described by a judge as a “highly organised, large-scale criminal enterprise”.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2015

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Chester ‘cash-for-crash’ bus fraud: Ringleader convicted – BBC News

Posted April 7th, 2015 in conspiracy, fraud, gangs, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The ringleader of a gang who ran a “cash-for-crash” scam involving bus passengers has been convicted of fraud.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2015

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Warning over Islamic radicalisation in England’s prisons

Posted April 7th, 2015 in gangs, Islam, news, prisons, reports, terrorism by sally

‘Staff shortages are making it harder to tackle Islamic radicalisation in England’s prisons, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office has warned.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2015

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Mark Duggan shooting: armed officers cleared of wrongdoing – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2015 in complaints, crime, firearms, freedom of expression, gangs, news, police, reports by sally

‘The police watchdog has cleared armed officers of any wrongdoing in the killing of Mark Duggan, saying it was likely that he was in the process of throwing away a handgun when he was shot.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2015

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R (James) v HM Prison Birmingham and others – WLR Daily

R (James) v HM Prison Birmingham and others [2015] EWCA Civ 58; [2015] WLR (D) 59

‘There was no obligation on a judge to deduct from a term of imprisonment the time spent on remand by a person arrested under section 43 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 for breach of a final gang injunction order under sections 34 to 36 of the 2009 Act, and subsequently imprisoned for contempt of court pursuant to section 14 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and section 120 of the County Courts Act 1984.’

WLR Daily, 9th February 2015

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Protecting the Innocent – BBC Law in Action

Posted February 11th, 2015 in appeals, firearms, gangs, imprisonment, miscarriage of justice, murder, news, young offenders by sally

‘Dwaine George was sent to prison in 2001 for murder. Aged 18 and a member of a Manchester gang, he was convicted for shooting dead another 18-year-old and sentenced to life imprisonment. But Dwaine George said he didn’t do it and continued to protest his innocence throughout the 12 years he eventually served. He was finally vindicated by the Court of Appeal shortly before Christmas, when his conviction was quashed.’

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BBC Law in Action, 12th February 2015

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Give slavery victims ‘freedom from prosecution for minor crimes’ – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2015 in bills, crime, forced labour, gangs, immunity, news, police, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Granting victims of slavery immunity from prosecution to give evidence about exploitation will be a key tool in tackling organised gangs, according to the officer in charge of coordinating new investigative powers.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

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Coventry kidnap gang who cut off man’s finger jailed – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2015 in assault, blackmail, conspiracy, false imprisonment, gangs, kidnapping, news, sentencing by sally

‘A kidnap gang who cut off a man’s finger to get a £20,000 ransom have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2015

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Cocaine conspiracy fugitive Paul John Scott jailed – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, fugitive offenders, gangs, news, sentencing by sally

‘One of the UK’s most wanted fugitives, who was arrested on his return to Britain in a light aircraft, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2015

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