Same old story. If you live in the area, organised crime keeps petty crime under control. Guardian gives the political background and arguse that the tide is turning. Bless it’s fluffy social worker head
Mass marketing frauds worth over £3 billion per year says SOCA. So…Theyre having an international day of action. How about nicking a few people, SOCA?! It must be possible to trace these scams to their source, surely? Didnt we once have a Fraud Squad, tasked to deal with this?
Figures from Europol
Only one attack by an Islamic group. The majority of the 294 were by separatist groups in Spain and France. Left wing extremist attacks were also up again to 40.
But a word of caution. The figures dont include the UK, because of different recording methods. A further 124 attacks by dissident republican groups occured in Northern Ireland.
After the recent post on heroin importation via Liverpool, I was wondering how the cocaine was getting in. Here’s the story. I wonder how many stories I’m losing by not monitoring local papers. please send me them if you come across them! This was Opeation Greengage.. there is a Scottish element to it as well.
Centre for Policy Studies not the most objective reporters, and Telegraph not the most middle of the road newspaper…but its always good to have another side to the argument!
Somewhat alarmist piece. The Lib-Dem spokesperson quoted halfway down Is a voice of reason…”Domestic extremism” is not [yet!] a recognised offence in UK law. Il Silvestre, who allegedly planned to attack IBM in Switzerland because they oppose nano-technology, are worth studying, but to turn them into a coordinated European movement is something of an exaggeration. On the other hand, scholars of terrorism have been waiting for something new to come over the horizon for a while. This may or may not be it…watch out for the instant experts!
Piece from La repubblica. 5 million Euros seized by carabinieri. I have to confess that the article stretches my Italian further than normal! I would be grateful for anyone who adds some comments to summarise the piece.