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FIGHTING THE SICILIAN MAFIA THROUGH TOURISM

Role of an NGO in fighting organised crime. Addiopizzo fighting the protection racket by asking tourists to boycott those places that pay “pizzo” to the Mafia. Bit of a restaurant guide, but there’s a good excuse.

COLOMBIAN “HIT” THAT SET OFF A UK COCAINE WAR

Death of a drugs baron, six months ago. “only now can the story be told…” [why?] Lurid hints of connections with the IRA, a paramilitary gang called the Cleaners and the Cali cartel. Plus a sort of history of cocaine dealing in Liverpool. Sounds like someone is writing a book. The story is from the Observer, Sunday edition of the Guardian.

BILL HUGHES’ LETTER TO THE TIMES

In the interests of fairness and academic objectivity, I went to the SOCA Website: [http://www.soca.gov.uk/index.html]. I must have missed the offending Times article. Mea Culpa! Will follow up! Bill Hughes letter here is of interest, obviously.

FRAUD DETECTION SCHEME NETS £4.5 MILLION

Sounds like joined-up government to me! Now if we had regional assemblies across England, they would probably be the right size to do something similar successfully. Don’t hold your breath!

ORGANISED CRIME AGENCY CHIEFS ROUND ON OWN STAFF

The issue appears to be overtime. There is a ruined statue somewhere in London. The face is disfigured, but around the base there is a crudely-carved inscription. “You wont beat the Met CID.”
An old friend, who rose to the giddy heights of Chief Constable once observed that the problem with mergers is that the occupational culture that emerges will always be that of the hard men from the cities. Pity the other political parties won’t tell us how they are going to change SOCA, but the media seems to be happy to let them get away with stone throwing and name calling at the moment. Policies, anyone?

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