(LONDON) Westminster Magistrates Court Report: A man wanted by the Belgian authorities for his role in a people smuggling plot that led to the deaths of 39 people in a lorry in Essex has had his extradition ordered #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: Vietnamese national Alex Tran was detained by National Crime Agency officers at a supermarket petrol station just of the A66 in Middlesbrough on 17 June this year.

#AceDailyNews Essex Lorry Deaths Report: Court orders extradition of people smuggling suspect wanted in Belgium: The operation to arrest him was supported by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU)…..

COURT CASE NOTES:

Belgian prosecutors allege that Tran was a member of a people smuggling network moving migrants through Belgium and France and into the UK in the back of lorries.

A Belgian investigating magistrate issued an arrest warrant in December 2020.

Today (Thursday 2 December) Westminster Magistrates Court approved his extradition. He was remanded in custody, and has seven days to appeal.

The NCA’s Head of Organised Immigration Crime Operations, Martin Grace, said:

” This operation demonstrates our determination to get justice for those who died in October 2019 and track down all of those who played a role in the incident.

“It has been another example of our close co-operation with international partners to tackle organised immigration crime, which remains a priority for the NCA.”

The extradition follows the convictions of seven people in the UK for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter. The seven were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years in January 2021.

Another man wanted by the Belgians in connection with the case, Ngo Sy Tai, was extradited in November, having been arrested by the NCA in Worcestershire in December 2020.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Dec.05: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Officers have located an Albanian man who was a ‘convicted human trafficker’ and arrested him on on Friday night #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.04: A convicted human trafficker will be removed from the UK for a third time after a National Crime Agency investigation to trace him: Lala has a long list of previous convictions.

#AceDailyNews reports that a convicted human trafficker to be removed from UK for third time after he was arrested, taken into custody and handed over to colleagues from Immigration Compliance and Enforcement for deportation. The date has not yet been set….

Individual in question facing forwards

NCA officers located Albanian Hazir Lala, 39, in Walthamstow, North London, on Friday night.

In April 2016 he was convicted in the UK of drunk driving, driving without insurance and possession and control of false ID documents – the offences were committed a few months earlier in February.

He was disqualified from driving for 15 months and jailed for six months.

He was arrested again in the UK on 4 September 2019 for organised immigration crime offences which had been committed in Belgium later in 2016. He was convicted in his absence in February 2018.

His extradition was ordered, he was arrested again and was returned to Belgium at the start of 2020 where he was sentenced for human trafficking and participating in a criminal organisation.

Despite being given a five-year sentence it was suspended and he was released after a few months. He was also ordered to pay a fine of 102,000 Euros but 51,000 was suspended.

Lala quickly returned to the UK and was arrested again under the Immigration Act 1971 on 20 February for overstaying.

A deportation order was signed on 7 April 2020 and he was deported to Albania on 19 August 2020.

But Lala slipped back into the country yet again.

NCA officers have been hunting Lala since July this year and arrested him on Friday night.

NCA regional head of investigations Jacque Beer said:

” Hazir Lala is a convicted human trafficker and has no place in the UK, his presence here presented an unacceptable risk to the public.

“Tackling organised immigration crime and human trafficking is a priority for the Agency.

“We saw with last week’s tragedy in the Channel, the horrendous dangers of organised immigration crime which the Agency and its partners are doing everything possible to combat.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.04: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA/BORDER FORCE REPORT: 18 people arrested with suspected links to an organised crime group involved in the supply of boats which could each carry between 40 and 60 people from France to the UK. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: National Crime Agency officers have been involved in an international operation which has seen the dismantling of an organised crime group involved in the smuggling of people from France to the UK in small boats.

#AceDailyNews NCA Report: International operation sees network of small boat people smugglers dismantled in France

The operation saw 18 people arrested by OCRIEST, the French border police unit targeting immigration crime with assistance of additional French border policing partners, in the Calais, Le Havre and Paris regions of France. Over 100,000 euros were also seized in cash and bank accounts.

The organised crime group were involved in the supply of boats which would each be able to carry between 40 and 60 people.

The network would then arrange departures from the shore of northern France, recruiting migrants in the various camps there. They would each be charged around six thousand euros for the journey to the UK, which some of those arrested would then seek to launder.

NCA intelligence and international network officers worked with colleagues in OCRIEST and other international partners to target and identify those who were arrested.

Those held in the operation included nationals of Iraq, Pakistan, Romania and Vietnam, and they will all now be subject to French judicial proceedings.

NCA Deputy Director Andrea Wilson said:

” We look to target and disrupt organised crime groups involved in people smuggling at every step of the route.

“Much of this criminality lies outside the UK, so we have built up our intelligence sharing effort with law enforcement partners in France and beyond.

“This includes having NCA officers based in those countries, sharing intelligence and working side by side on joint investigations.

“This approach is bringing operational results in the form of arrests and prosecutions, as we have seen with this particular case.

“Much of this work is necessarily covert, but we know it is having an impact.

“We are continuing to look at ways to disrupt the supply of vessels to people smuggling OCGs, and target those who knowingly do so.

“Earlier this year we issued an alert to the UK maritime industry to raise awareness, and we are working with partners in the EU to do similar there.”

The NCA has a team of liaison officers based in France working on investigative activity with French partners both as part of Project INVIGOR, the UK’s organised immigration crime taskforce, but also on wider threats that require Anglo-French law enforcement co-operation.

This means NCA officers on the ground in France, not just exchanging intelligence but working with the French police to collaborate on both proactive and reactive investigations, including those with a particular focus on small boats threat.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Nov.26: 2021:

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(LONDON) Isleworth Crown Court Report: Three men who plotted to use a removal firm as a front for their drug smuggling operation have been convicted following a National Crime Agency investigation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: However, they were unaware that they were the subjects of a covert investigation by the NCA, with officers tracing their movements and recording their conversations.

#AceDailyNews NCA Venetic Court Report: Officers break firm using #EncroChat after a trio were planning to use Trio removal firm as cover for lockdown drug smuggling enterprise: Mark Youell, 64, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, conspired along with Alfred Rumbold, aged 65, from Orpington, Kent, and removal driver Brian Wright, 73, from Folkestone, Kent, to import around 55 kilos of class A drugs across spring and summer 2020.

Trio in question facing forward.

COURT CASE NOTES:

During the period of the conspiracy, the trio had a series of clandestine meetings with a Merseyside-based organised crime group who wanted to import class A drugs utilising Rolls Royce-driving Wright’s legitimate removals company.

Covert listening devices deployed by the NCA picked up a conversation at a meeting at a café in Kent in July 2020 where they were heard discussing border controls. Youell told Rumbold and Wright:  “We’re gonna hit the jackpot” and that they were going to make “f***ing mega dough”.

The previous day Wright had returned from conducting a ‘dummy run’, taking his lorry out to The Netherlands. He made a series of notes around border checks and security on his phone as he returned.

The following week Wright made the run for real, collecting the drugs, which had been sealed inside fish tanks.

However, as part of a joint operation involving the NCA and Dutch law enforcement, the truck was raided just outside Utrecht. Wright, who was sleeping inside, was arrested. 

The drugs were seized from their hiding place, with Dutch police recovering 20.5 kilos of heroin, 32 kilos of cocaine and three kilos of MDMA. NCA experts say the haul would have had a UK street value of around £4.5 million.

At the same time NCA officers moved in on Youell and Rumbold, arresting them at their home addresses. Phones seized included a number of Encrochat and Sky ECC encrypted devices.

Encrochat messages attributed to Rumbold by the NCA as part of Operation Venetic – the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of the platform – showed that he was discussing with numerous criminals the potential to move drugs across Europe using Wright’s firm.

Both Youell and Rumbold denied drug importation charges, claiming they had only been seeking to smuggle alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco and cannabis.

Wright, following his extradition from the Netherlands, denied any knowledge of the drugs, claiming he was just transporting furniture.

Following a seven-week trial at Isleworth Crown Court, all three men were today (Thursday 19thNovember) found guilty of conspiring to import class A drugs. They will be sentenced on 26th November.

NCA Regional Head of Investigations Peter Stevens said:

“This conspiracy involved a significant amount of drugs which were destined for the streets of the UK, where they would have been distributed by criminal gangs involved in violence and exploitation.

“Through the NCA’s covert investigation into their activities we were able to prove the crime group stood to make huge profits for themselves.

“This investigation also shows the benefit of international co-operation when it comes to stopping drug supply, which is a priority for the NCA. I’m grateful for the support of our Dutch partners in securing these convictions.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Nov.23: 2021:

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(CANTERBURY, U.K.) Crown Court Report: A Croatian lorry driver has been jailed for six years after attempting to smuggle 20 kilos of cocaine into the UK. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: The National Crime Agency launched an investigation into Predrag Gogic, 53, from Vukovar, Croatia, after he was stopped at Dover’s Eastern Docks in May 2021:

#AceDailyNews NCA Court Report: Lorry driver jailed after £1.6 million of cocaine found in reels of cord after Border Force officers scanned his HGV, which had arrived from Belgium, and detected an anomaly in the load.

COURT CASE NOTES:

Within the trailer, they discovered blue and green shrink-wrapped packages in the centre of reels of paper cord. This was found to be a total of 20 packages of cocaine.

During an interview with NCA officers, Gogic admitted knowledge of the drugs in his trailer and stated he was being paid to smuggle the drugs into the UK. 

He told officers that the cocaine was destined for Leicester, where he was due to receive a payment of 10,000 euros

Gogic Drugs
NCA forensic experts believe the drugs would have been worth an estimated £1.6 million once cut and sold on the streets of the UK.

Yesterday, [18 November] he was sentenced to six years in prison at Canterbury Crown Court after pleading guilty to attempting to import Class A drugs at an earlier hearing.

Mark Howes from the NCA said:

“Gogic was in the pay of organised crime groups, seeking his share of criminal profit by, transporting cocaine across borders.

“Individuals like him fail to consider the impact that illegal drug supply has on communities. Cocaine remains a driver of violence and exploitation among vulnerable people. 

“Instead of receiving a 10,000 EUR pay-out, he’ll be spending six years behind bars. 

“The NCA is committed to tackling the class A drugs threat and protecting the public. Working with key partners, such as Border Force, we will continue to disrupt drug networks at every stage of the trafficking process.” 

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Nov.23: 2021:

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(LONDON) Chelmsford Crown Court Report: A London-based crime group who tried to smuggle 69 Albanian migrants into the UK on a dilapidated fishing vessel – and planned to bring in 50 more every week – have been convicted #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.20: The 30-metre converted trawler ‘Svanic’ was intercepted off the Norfolk coast on 17 November last year: The boat – built nearly 60 years ago and with a lifeboat for just 20 people – had set sail from the Ostend area of Belgium and was heading towards Great Yarmouth: It was escorted into Harwich international port in an operation involving the National Crime Agency, Border Force, HM Coastguard, Immigration Enforcement and Essex Police……

#AceDailyNews NCA Court Report: ‘Crime Group Convicted’ for people smuggling of Albanians into UK who plotted to bring hundreds of illegal migrants into the UK

Svanic fishing trawler

The NCA had been alerted to the vessel by the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre in Lisbon:

MAOC received a report of suspicious activity from the Swedish authorities who had to assist the Svanic after it ran aground 15 days prior to picking up the migrants.

The vessel, which had been purchased in Latvia for around 20,000 euros in October 2020, was to run aground a second time before collecting the migrants in Belgium.

The three crew members – Igor Kosyi, aged 56, and Volodymyr Mykhailov, 49, both from Ukraine, and Alexsandrs Gulpe, 44, from Latvia – were arrested by the NCA on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. The 69 migrants were handed to Immigration Enforcement.

NCA investigators seized a laptop from the vessel, which enabled them to identify the UK-based gang which had orchestrated the attempt.

The computer had been given to the crew by Latvian national Sergejs Kuliss, 32, of Albert Basin Way, Newham, London. Phone evidence showed Kuliss was in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on the night of the smuggling attempt, awaiting the arrival of the boat.

Throughout the day Kuliss had been in contact with fellow conspirators Lithuanian national Arturas Jusas, 35, living in Lambeth, and Israeli national Kfir Ivgi, 39, from Finchley.

Messages found on their phones showed the three men spent weeks discussing their plans to invest in a boat for the purpose of smuggling people, with Jusas claiming ‘from first trip we’re going to get the money back’.

Once the Svanic had been identified as a possible purchase Kuliss sent a sequence of photographs and videos of the boat to Jusas, which he forwarded to Ivgi. He replied: ‘Yes, yes, yes…I don’t care how it looks like, it’s good’, indicating he didn’t care about the condition of the vessel.

In one audio messages found on his phone following his arrest, Jusas boasted to Ivgi that he planned to ‘bring every week 50 people’. Other messages showed he was in contact with people on the ‘other side’ who wanted to move migrants to the UK.

The trio had also scoped out potential landing sites for the vessel, which had only 21 lifejackets on board, eventually settling on Great Yarmouth.

After the interception the gang shared online news reports about the incident with each other, with Ivgi messaging Jusas to say ‘clean the…phone’.

Jusas, Ivgi and Kuliss were arrested during a series of NCA raids in June this year after investigators were able to piece together their involvement in the plot.

They were charged alongside Kosyi, Mykhailov, and Gulpe with conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration.

Jusas pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on 6 August, but following an eight-week week trial at the same court Ivgi, Kuliss, Gulpe and Kosyi were found guilty today (17 November) – exactly a year since the boat was intercepted.

Volodymyr Mykhailov was found not guilty.

Jusas and the four convicted will be sentenced at a later date.

David Fairclough, Deputy Director, Immigration Enforcement Criminal Investigation, said:

” There is no stronger example of how organised criminals are prepared to risk the lives of the people they smuggle for profit.

“The Svanic was in an appalling condition, and in no fit state to make the perilous journey from Belgium to the UK. Had it got into trouble, the consequences could have been fatal as there was only one lifeboat and 21 lifejackets.

“The dangers wouldn’t have crossed the minds of these men, whose sole motive was to line their pockets. They were planning to use this deathtrap over and over again.

“Cases like these strengthen our resolve to come down hard on the organised criminals behind people smuggling, who ply their trade on exploitation and misery.”

NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland said:

” These callous criminals had big plans to orchestrate a lucrative criminal operation at the expense of people’s safety using an unseaworthy vessel with only 20 lifejackets onboard.

“It is sickening that criminal gangs like this have no regard for the value of human life only seeing them as a way to make money. As recent tragic events show these journeys are unnecessary, perilous, and sadly sometimes fatal.

“Thanks to the culmination of efforts across the Home Office and NCA, we’ve slammed the breaks on this ruthless crime gang, and they will now receive the justice they deserve.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.20: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) NCA REPORT: Four people have been arrested and a loaded gun seized as part of an investigation into a suspected organised crime group involved in the supply of firearms in the West Midlands #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.18: The first took place on Friday 12 November, and saw armed West Midlands Police officers stop a taxi that had travelled from Birmingham to Stoke-on-Trent: Two men, both aged 19, were detained, with a 44cm ‘Zombie’ knife and small amount of crack cocaine also seized. The pair were questioned by NCA investigators before being released on bail the next day.

#AceDailyNews NCA Report: Four from Birmingham arrested and gun seized as part of their firearms investigation: The arrests follow two operations undertaken by officers from the NCA’s Armed Operations Unit, supported by colleagues from West Midlands Police.

In the second operation on Saturday 13 November: NCA officers attended a flat in the Rubery area of Birmingham where they arrested a man and a woman, seized a loaded firearm and a small quantity of crack cocaine: The 20-year-old woman was later released on bail, but 21-year-old Khalid Khan of Bacchus Road, Winson Green, was charged with firearms and drug supply offences: He appeared before Birmingham Magistrates today (Monday 15 November) and was remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 13 December.

seized firearm

NCA Birmingham Branch Commander Mick Pope said:

Working with our colleagues at West Midlands Police we are determined to do all we can to disrupt and dismantle the organised crime groups involved in putting guns on the streets of our region.

“These arrests are an example of that partnership working in action.

“However, protecting communities from this threat cannot be achieved by law enforcement action alone, and we encourage anyone with information about illegally held firearms to contact Crimestoppers or their local police.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.18: 2021:

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(GRT MANCHESTER) GM Police Report: Detectives are investigating the use of an encrypted network used by serious and organised crime groups have made their 200th arrest since the launch of the operation less than 18 months ago #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.18: In Greater Manchester it’s seen dozens of detectives across our Serious and Organised Crime Group (SOCG) and each of the 10 districts lead numerous investigations into hundreds of high-level suspects….

#AceDailyNews Operation #Venetic UPDATE Report: A nationwide crackdown led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) into the communications platform #EncroChat – is the UK’s biggest ever law enforcement operation with crackdown on Greater Manchester’s organised criminals hits 200 arrests…..

 10:26 16/11/2021

So far, over £2.5million in cash has been seized as well as nearly a dozen firearms, over 1100 rounds of ammunition, over 12 kilos of class A and 25 kilos of class B drugs, and over £300k of assets including luxury jewellery and vehicles.

One of the over 175 warrants executed as part of Operation Venetic so far

This morning (Tuesday 16 November) another kilo of drugs were seized and four people were arrested at addresses across the North West by investigators probing the suspected supply of class A drugs and firearms in the region.

Officers from our Tactical Aid Unit, with support from policing partners at Lancashire and Derbyshire constabularies, executed four strikes before dawn in Hyde, Bacup, and Glossop.

Two 31-year-old men and a 44-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs, and money laundering.

The 31-year-old suspects are also being held on suspicion of possession of firearms and ammunition.

The 44-year-old is additionally being questioned about conspiracy to possess firearms.

A 25-year-old woman was later arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

Search specialists at one of the address in Glossop recovered what is believed to be a kilo of amphetamine, which has been taken away for forensic examination.

The action comes as part of a wide-ranging investigation – codenamed Butmir – which had already uncovered information suggesting a total of almost 40 kilos of cocaine was in the possession of an organised crime group.

Detective Inspector Simon Akker, Senior Investigating Officer for today’s action, said:

Following the day’s arrests, a total of 201 people have now been detained by GMP since the launch of Operation Venetic by the NCA in July 2020, and 155 of those have subsequently been charged for a range of drug, firearms and money laundering offences.

” We’ve been working tirelessly ahead of today’s action and we’ve been able to arrest three men we were targeting today with the support of partners from Lancashire and Derbyshire constabularies.

“Searches are on-going at the four addresses we’ve attended and our enquiries there will continue for as long as necessary; we’ve already recovered what we believe to be a kilo of amphetamine from one of the properties.

“Today shows our continued commitment to tackling organised crime and working with law enforcement agencies across the country to ensure we are able to take the action we need to in order to progress our wide-ranging and complex enquiries into investigations like this.”

Detective Superintendent Neil Blackwood, head of SOCG, said:

” This morning’s arrests bring about a significant milestone for us at GMP, as the 200th arrest as part of our Operation Venetic response is indicative of the exhaustive work by hundreds of people across the force during the past 18 months.

“The takedown of EncroChat has provided law enforcement agencies across the UK – and beyond – with a unique opportunity to investigate high-level serious and organised criminality, and ensure suspects are taken into custody to be questioned about what we have found on this encrypted network.

“It’s fair to say the numbers have been staggering and there is no doubt lives have been saved as a result of the action undertaken by ourselves and policing partners across the UK, in partnership with the NCA.

“We’ve taken away millions of pounds in cash, huge quantities of drugs, firearms and assets, and our relentless task does not stop here; we have over 150 people waiting to be tried in court and we are determined to continue ridding Greater Manchester’s streets of those we suspect are involved in the criminal fraternity.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Nov.17: 2021:

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(BRISTOL, U.K.) NCA REPORT: Cocaine with an estimated value of around £4 million has been seized at Avonmouth docks, following a joint operation involving the Border Force and Avon & Somerset Police #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.14: The boat, which was carrying a load of fruit juice, had previously sailed from Santos in Brazil, and was due to continue on to the Netherlands: Those involved included Bristol Border Force officers, specialist NCA search officers, and divers from Avon & Somerset Police: Around 46 kilos of cocaine was recovered from what investigators believe was a specially adapted hide attached to the hull of the vessel: If cut and sold in the UK, the haul would have had an estimated street value in excess of £4 million: An international investigation into the source and intended destination for the drugs is now underway, involving the NCA and partners in Brazil and the Netherlands.

#AceDailyNews NCA Report: As part of an investigation involving the joint international network, officers with Border Force & Avon & Somerset Police moved in to commence a search of the vessel on Tuesday 9 November and found around £4-million in cocaine

4m Cocaine Avonmouth

NCA Branch Operations Manager Dean Wallbank said:

“Disrupting the international networks involved in drug trafficking is a priority for the NCA, and I’m grateful for the assistance provided by partners in Border Force and Avon & Somerset Police on this operation, as well as those overseas: While we don’t believe the entire load was destined for the UK initially, it is likely that at least some of it would have ended up back here in the hands of UK criminal gangs, being sold on UK streets: Making this seizure has prevented them from profiting further and re-investing in further criminality.”

Inspector Will Barlow from Avon & Somerset Police said:

“We are pleased that our experienced dive team were able to play a significant role in recovering a large quantity of suspected class A drugs: The officers involved reported facing extremely challenging conditions during this operation, in particular very poor visibility: We are all acutely aware of the damage cocaine and other illegal substances can have on our communities and we are delighted to have been able to support the National Crime Agency and Border Force with their investigation and stop harmful drugs from making their way on to our streets.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.14: 2021:

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(GRT MANCHESTER) GM Police Report: Six men have been jailed for a total of 133 years after a NCA investigation uncovered their role in the supply of cocaine and a separate plot to torture and rob a Manchester man #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport -Nov.13: Five of the men also conspired to commit a robbery in which they planned to tie up the victims at their home and cut off the ear of one of them.

#AceDailyNews Court Report: Six men have been jailed for a total of 133 years for drug dealing crime group who planned to torture an 82-year-old Manchester businessman ……The crime group – some of whom used encrypted messaging service #EncroChat – were all involved in supplying drugs worth almost a quarter of a million pounds…..

Mugshots of the six individuals in question

CASE NOTES:

The NCA captured covert recordings of Gary Betts, 57, of Rye Bank Road, Firswood, Manchester, as he told associates that he had a “nice job” that would be “plenty of dough”……………He was joined by Gerard Boyle, 57, of Eleanor Road, Manchester; brothers Chris and John Sammon, aged 32 and 35, of Moorcroft Drive and Dudley Road, Manchester; and Wayne Simmonds, 39, of Oakwood Road, Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire: The gang believed the victims to be holding a substantial cash sum at their home in Greater Manchester and discussed logistics of the robbery at the office of Boyle – who was the registered director of a plastics recycling firm: Betts was heard to say: “His dad’s an old man and there’s only one kid in the house…You’ve got to give him a f****** slap …you know what I mean? To tell you where the dough is.” ………………..Simmonds, who used the EncroChat handle ‘peskybull’, agreed to carry out the robbery and discussed having a contact who specialised in impersonating police to gain entry to people’s homes………………..Simmonds’ contact had bragged about the emergency blue lights he had fitted to vehicles and was later described by Simmonds during the trial as someone ‘not to be messed with’……………..An EncroChat phone was eventually recovered from Simmonds’ property and another man who was involved in the drug conspiracy, 35-year-old William Skillen, from Long Lane in Warrington, was also found to be an EncroChat user, using the handle ‘savagearrow’…………………Further conversations between the men indicated they were willing to torture victims to acquire the money……………………Betts: “I’d just walk in and I’ll just bang him and just tie him up, and cut his ear off and then tell him…I’ve been down your area and cut people up….Believe me I’ll blowtorch your balls and cut your ear off…Put it this way I know an iron hurts in your chest.”…………………..Betts, Boyle, Simmonds, and the Sammons also discussed drug supply and pricing, including the purchase and sale of around five kilograms of cocaine………………Further searches of both the Manchester business premises where their conversations were recorded, and a property on Sandgate Road, Southampton, linked to Simmonds, led to the discovery of 100 grams of cocaine, drugs paraphernalia including a drugs press and three kilograms of Boric acid…………………….They were arrested on 11 May last year, along with Skillen…………………………….The men appeared before Manchester Crown Court and were found guilty of all charges on 3 August, following a seven-week trial.

NCA Operations Manager Jon Sayers said:

” These men were clearly prepared to inflict shocking levels of violence to achieve their criminal ambitions, which included targeting an elderly man and his family: They used a legitimate business premises to plan their drug dealing and it became apparent that their links to this abhorrent trade, which causes violence and exploitation in our communities, were serious and organised: Simmonds and Skillen also thought using EncroChat would leave them beyond law enforcement’s reach, but they were wrong. We were monitoring the crime group and took action before they could cause any more harm: These sentences show that the NCA, working with partners like the Met Police flying squad and Greater Manchester Police, will relentlessly pursue perpetrators and bring them to justice.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Nov.13: 2021:

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(LIVERPOOL,U.K.) Magistrates Court Report: Two men have been charged as part of a drugs investigation by the Merseyside Organised Crime Partnership #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.12: The suspects and two other people were arrested on Tuesday night at four addresses in Wavertree and Knotty Ash, in Liverpool, and Wallasey, the Wirral, as part of an investigation into the supply of cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

#AceDailyNews Court Report: #OperationVenetic: Two charged in specialist organised crime team drugs investigation

Merseyside OCP

The investigation was part of Operation Venetic – the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted comms platform #EncroChat.

CASE NOTES:

Significant quantities of suspected heroin, cocaine and cannabis were seized and taken for forensic testing. High value goods were also recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act: Last night Richard Weild, aged 37, of Mount Pleasant Road, Wallasey, was charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis and also possession of criminal property: John Morris, aged 49, of Dalemeadow Road, Knotty Ash, was charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis. The men will appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court today: A 38-year-old woman from Wallasey and a 66-year-old man from Knotty Ash were released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Lamb of the Merseyside OCP – which comprises Merseyside Police and National Crime Agency officers – said: “Class A drugs cause mayhem and misery: The OCP has removed a significant amount of drugs with this operation and stopped their profits being ploughed back into further offending: Fighting the Class A drugs threat is a key priority for the OCP in its mission to protect the public.”……………The OCP was established to tackle high risk organised crime groups bringing drugs and firearms into the region and is funded by the Home Office.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.13: 2021:

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(KENT, U.K.) Canterbury Crown Court Report: A man from Lancashire has been jailed for more than six years for attempting to smuggle heroin worth almost £2 million into the UK in his campervan #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.12: Sloan was travelling with his partner and three children aged between one and six, and told Border Force officers who stopped him that the family had been on a trip to see the Christmas Market in Cologne, Germany:

#AceDailyNews Court Report: Lancashire man jailed over £2-million camper van heroin seizure: Michael Sloan, aged 42 and from Ormskirk, became the subject of an investigation by the National Crime Agency after the drugs were found in his van at Dover Eastern Docks two days before Christmas 2019.

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NCA CASE NOTES:

A drug detection dog was brought in, and packages of heroin were found in a concealment which had been built in to a storage compartment at the rear. Almost 20 kilos was recovered.

NCA forensic experts found that the heroin was between 44 and 59 per cent pure, and once adulterated and sold would have had a street value of £1.98 million.

Investigators were also able to identify that the concealment had been built into the van after Sloan had purchased it.

On Monday 8 November Sloan pleaded guilty to smuggling class A drugs at a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court. The judge sentenced him to six years and four months in prison.

NCA Branch Commander Mark Howes said:

” This was a cynical attempt to bring dangerous class A drugs into the UK, which saw Sloan use his partner and young children as cover for his drug smuggling exploits.

“I’ve no doubt that the concealment in the van was built specifically for the purpose of smuggling, and that Sloan thought that travelling with his family would make it less likely they would be stopped.

“Heroin is closely linked to county lines type exploitation and violence, which is why we are working closely with partners like Border Force to target those trying to bring it in.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Nov.12: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA Operation Strey Report: Five people have been charged as part of a major investigation into a criminal enterprise that supplied fraudulent passports to some of the UK’s most notorious organised criminals #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.11: The group, aged between 38 and 72, were among 24 people arrested during a series of dawn raids carried out by the NCA and policing partners last month (11 October).

#AceDailyNews NCA Report: Codenamed Operation Strey, this has been one of the most significant investigations of recent times with assistance provided by HM Passport Office and the Dutch National Police.

Those charged today (8 November) were:

–      Juliet McCormack, DoB 24/07/1983, of Copthorne Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice and one count of conspiracy to make a false instrument.

–      Alan Thompson, DoB 16/06/1950, of Westminster Road, Sutton, Surrey, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, two counts of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering.

–      Michael Thompson, DoB 24/03/1965, of Matlock Crescent, Cheam, Surrey, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, two counts of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering.

–      Anthony Beard, DoB 23/12/1961, of Kirkdale, Sydenham, London SE26, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, one count of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering

–      Kevin Crinnion, DoB 08/11/1949, of Homerton Road, London E9, charged with one count conspiracy to make a false instrument.

They are accused of being part of a crime group which provided hundreds of UK passports that enabled criminals – including fugitives from UK justice and international drug and firearm traffickers – to cross borders and conduct business undetected.

NCA officers allege the group specialised in fraudulently-obtained genuine passports (FOGs) – documents which are issued authentically but have been applied for using false information. The result is a seemingly legitimate document, and FOGs are therefore highly sought after by criminals worldwide.

Those charged today were all bailed and are due to appear before Croydon Magistrates Court on 17 November.

Jacque Beer, NCA Regional Head of Investigations, said:

“Since the operation which saw the arrests take place, we have worked patiently and diligently to build up evidence which has now led to these charges being authorised.

“We remain determined to disrupt and dismantle organised crime networks involved in this sort of activity.”

Today’s actions bring the total number of people charged in relation to the investigation to six.

On 12 October Christopher McCormack (also known as Christopher Zietek), aged 66, of Collingtree Road, Sydenham, appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, two counts of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering. He was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Reading Crown Court on 22 November.

McCormack, who splits his time between Spain, the UK and Ireland, is suspected of acting as a broker between criminals seeking to buy the passports and crime group members that supplied them.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Nov.11: 2021:

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K.) Crown Court Report: Three men have been convicted for importing illegal firearms and ammunition into the UK in the post, before trying to sell them to organised criminals #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.09: The National Crime Agency launched an investigation after two semi-automatic pistols and hollow-point bullets were intercepted at Coventry Airport on 24 January 2020. Border Force officers recovered the weapons, which had been concealed in an electronic safe in a package labelled as car parts, sent from Orlando, Florida.

#AceDailyNews Court Report: Midlands trio launched mail order gun service: The parcel was addressed to a ‘John Bob Walton’ in Cambridge. Five days later, a man claiming to be Walton called Parcelforce asking where it was. NCA investigators traced the number back to Dion Roberts, 33, from Coventry.

firearms and ammunition laid on a table

Roberts and a second man, Keston Joseph, 33, were stopped by NCA officers, supported by West Midlands Police, on 31 January 2020 while driving on King William Street in Coventry. Both were arrested.

Joseph was released under investigation but Roberts was remanded in custody and his phone seized. Analysis of his messages showed that he had arranged the importation with a contact known as ‘Shotta’ who was based in Florida.

The messages also showed that they had successfully imported another semi-automatic pistol two weeks prior to Roberts’ arrest, using the same method. In audio messages, Roberts instructed Shotta to send the weapon in a safe that was insulated with carbon paper and to “just show them as car parts innit”.

He also assured him, “We make a lot o’ money bro. we make a lot of paper, a lotta lotta o’ paper there to be made”.

When arranging the second importation, Roberts asked Shotta to include five rounds of ammunition with each gun. Shotta warned against this as he thought they would give off a ‘certain smell’, but Roberts told him this wouldn’t matter due to the insulation in the safe.

Roberts and Joseph collected the package containing the first weapon on 11 January 2020. Officers recovered a photo from Joseph’s phone of him holding the gun, which had been taken that morning.

Phone records showed that following this, Roberts and Joseph were actively searching for buyers whilst simultaneously organising the shipment of the second package.

Roberts made contact with the third man, Dashan Caines, 46, from Birmingham, to bring him in on the conspiracy. Communication between the three men was ongoing and the investigation revealed they had travelled together to hide the safe.

With Roberts in custody and evidence secured against his co-conspirators, NCA armed officers arrested Caines and Joseph on 5 March 2020.

The safe was recovered two months later hidden in a bush near Roberts’ home with the firearm still inside. When NCA forensic scientists analysed the weapon, they discovered Caines’ DNA on it.

Today at Birmingham Crown Court, Caines and Joseph were found guilty of conspiring to acquire and sell prohibited weapons and ammunition following a five week trial.

Roberts pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing.

All three men will be sentenced at the same court on a date to be confirmed.

NCA Branch Commander Mick Pope, said:

“These men planned to build a business on selling illegal weapons to other criminals. They saw this only as a money-making scheme, paying no consideration to the danger firearms pose to the public.

“Criminals who own firearms – often those linked to the supply of illegal drugs – use them to instil fear, inflict violence and in some cases, to kill.

“The success of this investigation reinforces our commitment to protect the public and tackle this threat.

“We will continue to work with key partners, such as Border Force, to prevent illegal firearms from entering the UK.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.09: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: An unemployed university drop-out, jailed for running a dark web business selling illegal drugs, has been ordered to hand over more than £490,000 in bitcoin #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.04: After he was jailed for over five years in 2019, officers at the National Crime Agency continued to investigate his finances: At a recent confiscation hearing at Liverpool Crown Court, HHJ Teague QC ordered White to repay £493,550.00 from his bitcoin holdings. All electronic items used by White in commission of the offences were also forfeited….

#AceDailyNews NCA REPORT: Notorious ‘Dark Web’ administrator ordered to hand over more than £490k amassed from criminal activity…

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Thomas White, now 26, took over the running of the notorious dark web site Silk Road after it was first closed in 2013. Although he had no legitimate income, White paid £10,700 up front to rent his plush apartment on Liverpool’s city water front.

White, who left his accounting degree at Liverpool John Moores University after a single term, was an administrator of Silk Road. But within a month of its shutdown by the FBI, he launched Silk Road 2.0: Like the original site, it used technology to allow users to anonymously buy and sell class A and B drugs, computer hacking tools and other illegal goods, using the digital currency bitcoin……

When officers examined his electronic devices after his arrest, they also discovered a stash of horrific child sex abuse images: He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, money laundering and making 464 category A indecent images of children, and was jailed for five years and four months………

Tyrone Surgeon, Branch Commander at the National Crime Agency, said: Thomas White was a well-regarded member of the original Silk Road hierarchy. He used this to his advantage when the original site was closed down and profited significantly from his criminal activity: This case proves that crime doesn’t pay – not only has he spent the last two years in prison, he now has to hand over nearly £500,000: This has been a complex, international investigation and highlights that we will use every tool at our disposal to disrupt organised criminals from profiting from their crime.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Nov.04: 2021:

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(LONDON) High Court Report: A Chinese mother and her two UK-based sons have agreed to hand over London properties worth more than £1.6 million, in response to an NCA civil recovery claim that linked their purchases with suspected money laundering #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.31: Chinese national, Fen Chen was jailed in 2017 for more than six years for her part in an organised crime group that paid more than £1.8 million in criminal cash into high street banks over a two-week period.

#AceDailyNews reports on NCA Civil Case Report: Chinese family agree to surrender London properties following allegations of money laundering and the family came to the attention of the National Crime Agency through links identified between, Shuyu Cao – one of the sons who came to the UK as a student in 2012 – and convicted money launderer, Fen Chen and she was found to be cleaning money for an Albanian drugs gang…..

Accounts analysed by the NCA showed Fen Chen directed multiple cash deposits into Cao’s UK account during her offending, triggering a search of his London property in 2016.

CASE NOTES: Met Police officers found more than £60,000 in cash at Shuyu Cao’s property, leading to a further NCA investigation in 2018 and eventually, a civil claim at the High Court in London this week: The NCA alleged that money paid into Shuyu’s accounts was likely to have derived from serious and organised crime, having analysed evidence which showed patterns synonymous with Chinese underground banking, otherwise known as Daigou: The practice stems from restrictions on how much money can legally leave China under currency export controls (which caps transfers out at USD $50,000 per person per annum). Cao’s account, paired with his brother’s, Shucheng Cao, showed multiple large and suspicious cash deposits over a three-year period, which had been processed through money service bureaus: Shuyu Cao used the funds, in part, to purchase high-value properties across London, two of which are now being recovered by the NCA: A further three properties, and the contents of a bank account with more than £300,000 in it, formed part of the NCA’s original claim: A property freezing order preventing the sale of the properties (together with funds in the bank account) was granted in 2018 and after a three day trial at the High Court, the defendants agreed to surrender two of these to the NCA: Collectively, the two properties, a flat on Queensland Road, North London, and a house on Astell Road, Kidbrooke, were purchased for just over £1.4 million, but are deemed to now be worth more than £1.6 million: The settlement agreement will allow the NCA to sell the properties to recover £1.3 million in funds.

Stephen Brown, Operations Manager at the NCA, said: “We are pleased with the result of this case, which represents a great outcome for the Agency and £1.3 million returned to the public purse: The deposits into Cao’s accounts in this case were irregular, random, and came from all over the UK and the NCA’s case was that they bore all the classic hallmarks of money laundering: Money laundering underpins serious and organised crime and stopping it as an enabler is a key priority for the NCA and its partners.”

Kevin Soobrayen, Head of Threat Response at the National Economic Crime Centre, said: “This case demonstrates the continued commitment by the NCA and law enforcement to crackdown on the laundering of illicit finance through mechanisms such as underground banking: Targeting enablers, and recovering criminally obtained property, weakens serious and organised criminals and protects the UK economy.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Oct.31: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA Report: Twenty-four people have been arrested in the UK in one of the largest ever international operations targeting a criminal dark web marketplace #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.31: Countries including Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States were involved, with international coordination efforts led by Europol and Eurojust: So far, the wider investigation has resulted in 150 alleged suspects being arrested, more than €26.7 million (USD 31 million) cash and virtual currency seized, 234kg of drugs and 45 firearms. The seized drugs include 152 kg of amphetamine, 27 kg of opioids and over 25,000 ecstasy pills: Officers from the Dark Web Intelligence, Collection and Exploitation team (DICE) – a joint unit comprising experts from the NCA and policing – analysed the UK data and identified the criminal dealers assessed to present the highest risk: Intelligence was then passed to Regional Dark Web Operations Teams – based within Regional Organised Crime Units and the Metropolitan Police Service – who arrested the individuals on suspicion of selling criminal goods on the dark web.

#AceDailyNews reports on Europol & Eurojust Dark HuntTOR International Operation Report: targets dark web drugs marketplace and the operational activity over the last six months – coordinated by the National Crime Agency in collaboration with UK policing partners – also resulted in the seizure of over £220,000 in suspected criminal cash and bitcoin, and more than 50 kilos of cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, methamphetamine and ketamine.

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The operation, known as Dark HunTOR, began when German authorities arrested the marketplace’s alleged operator earlier this year and gained access to the wider criminal infrastructure. This enabled officers to share intelligence packages with law enforcement agencies around the world on the site’s vendors and buyers.

Damian Barrow, Senior NCA Manager in the Dark Web Intelligence Collection and Exploitation team, said: The individuals we have targeted who are supplying drugs via the dark web are ultimately preying on the vulnerable and destroying communities: This operation shows that those who try to use the dark web to anonymously commit crimes can be identified and will be tracked down: We would like to thank all partners involved in this operation, particularly Europol and Eurojust, and police forces and ROCUs across the UK.”

The National Cybercrime Programme lead for the Darkweb, Phil Donnelly, added: This successful operation shows the impact law enforcement is having on the criminal use of the dark web and encrypted platforms. The joint working of UK DICE, alongside our European partners, is allowing us to understand and identify offenders who are using technology to try and hide their criminal enterprises and bring them to justice.”

Europol’s Deputy Executive Director of Operations, Jean-Philippe Lecouffe, said: “The point of operations such as the one today is to put criminals operating on the dark web on notice: the law enforcement community has the means and global partnerships to unmask them and hold them accountable for their illegal activities, even in areas of the dark web.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Oct.31: 2021:

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(LONDON) NECC ALERT REPORT: Launches a campaign aimed at raising awareness of payment diversion fraud (PDF) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.29: PDF, also known as Business Email Compromise or Mandate Fraud, involves criminals impersonating others, creating or amending invoices and diverting payments to bank accounts under their own control. This can target both businesses and individuals.

#AceDailyNews reports working with partners in the National Crime Agency, City of London Police, UK Finance and Cifas, the multi-agency campaign aims to help small and medium sized businesses and home-buyers protect themselves as house-buyers and businesses warned of payment diversion fraud…..

Unlike some indiscriminate scams, PDF involves criminals deliberately targeting a specific individual. As a result, individual losses can be significantly higher than for many other types of fraud: In the year to September 2021 there have been 4,600 cases reported to Action Fraud, with individual losses averaging around £30,000: Businesses are particularly impacted with annual spikes in these frauds occurring in March and November, timed with financial year-ends.

Jon Shilland, fraud threat lead at the NECC, said: Payment diversion fraud is increasing and it is vital that people are alive to the threat. Small and medium sized businesses are most at risk due to less comprehensive IT security, but these criminals will also target home-buyers due to the scale of the transactions.

“Whenever you are making a payment to a supplier, or to your solicitor in the case of a house purchase, you should be highly suspicious of any change in account details or new instructions. Always check with a trusted known contact, and if you have any doubt do not transfer the money.”

Temporary Detective Inspector Dan Parkinson, from the City of London Police, said: Criminals are experts at impersonating people and organisations so it’s vital that individuals and businesses are aware of the threat of payment diversion fraud, as it could help protect them and their money: Criminals will often create fake e-mail addresses which are very similar to genuine business or customer addressees and send over fake invoices to make it more believable – so remember to follow the Take Five to Stop Fraud advice by stopping and thinking before parting with your money or personal information.”……….The campaign will work with Federation of Small Businesses and the British Chambers of Commerce to promote advice to businesses, and with the Law Society to highlight the risks to conveyancing.

The following red flags of Payment Diversion Fraud have been identified:

  • Have you been asked to urgently process a payment that is large or unusual?
  • Have you been asked to change the bank details of an existing supplier or to set up a new supplier?
  • Is the language used in the email inconsistent with that of the genuine sender?
  • Does the body of the email or email address contain spelling mistakes?

If you have any doubt about the transaction then do not transfer the money.

Businesses and home-buyers are advised to protect themselves by, double-checking the payment request via an additional method using details from another source (such as text message, a phone call or in-person)…….

If you think you may have already been a victim of Payment Diversion Fraud, act fast. Immediately reporting the incident to your bank and Action Fraud (0300 1234 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk) gives you the best chance of recovering your funds. If reporting in Scotland, please contact 101 and your bank: Further information about Payment Diversion Fraud please visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/payment-diversion-fraud

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Oct.29: 2021:

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(GRT Manchester) GM Police Report: Officers have travelled to Birmingham on Wed.27: 2021: with support from NCA & WM Police officers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: This morning officers from Greater Manchester Police travelled down to Birmingham to carry out early morning warrants at five addresses across Handsworth, Birmingham and Stourbridge – with support from West Midlands Police and the National Crime Agency.

#AceDailyNews reports that five women have been arrested in West Midlands in connection with Moss Side double murder by officers on this morning attending one of five addresses where warrants were executed

 11:07 27/10/2021

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Five women from Birmingham have been arrested in connection with the murder of Cheriff Tall and Junior Ajose:

CASE NOTES: Five women – aged between 33 and 24 – were arrested during this morning (Wednesday 27 October)’s action on suspicion of assisting an offender and were taken to custody for questioning: The warrants come as part of a dedicated investigation by detectives in our Major Incident Team who have worked relentlessly for over a year to collect evidence in relation to the tragic fatal shootings of Cheriff Tall and Abayome Ajose: So far, our officers have knocked on over 225 doors and spoken to over 450 witnesses following the incident occurred in Moss Side on Sunday 21 June 2020: One of five suspects taken to custody to be questioned by detectives

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Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Wilkinson, of our Major Investigation Team, said: “The murder of these two men caused shockwaves throughout the Moss Side community which are still felt over a year on from the shooting, and the families have been left with many unanswered questions and no one to hold accountable for the death of their loved ones: Our detectives have been working continuously on this case for over a year, collecting all available evidence both forensically and from witnesses, and investigate all leads and possibilities thoroughly and exhaustively as we work to ensure that the individual responsible will face the full consequences of his actions: The families are always in the forefront of our minds, and I hope that these arrests today bring us a step closer to providing them with the justice they are rightly entitled to: Although we are hopeful that today’s arrests could play an important part in our investigation, it is essential that anyone who has any further information about the man responsible for this horrific crime comes forwards, as the more information we have, the closer we are to removing this criminal from the streets and ensuring he is no longer a danger to others in the community.”

If you have any information at all that has not yet been shared with us, contact the police or the confidential hotline 0161 856 9908, knowing that information will be treated with the strictest confidence. Even the smallest piece of information could prove vital in finding justice for Cheriff and Abayome.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Oct.28: 2021:

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(LONDON) #MigrantCrisis Report: Campaign across Britain will target freight drivers to lock their vehicles securely and report any suspicious activity in effort to stop people smuggling #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.23: Lorry drivers across Britain are being urged to lock their vehicles and report any suspicious activity that could be linked to people smuggling, in a joint appeal being led by the National Crime Agency and Border Force.

#AceDailyNews reports on a new campaign appeals to lorry drivers in crackdown on people smuggling in a push, in partnership with Crimestoppers and the Home Office, will come two years after 39 Vietnamese migrants were tragically found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex, having been smuggled into the UK in 2019…..

The campaign will target freight drivers across England, Scotland and Wales with messaging at service stations and ports, on how they can help stop what is a dangerous and illegal way into the UK.

The NCA alone has around 50 ongoing investigations linked to organised immigration crime and since the start of the year, has been involved in more than 140 arrests.

Disrupting the criminal networks behind people smuggling is a priority for UK law enforcement and operational activity has led to many of these journeys being stopped and people safeguarded.

The tragedy that took place in Grays, Essex on 23 October 2019 highlighted just how perilous this method of entry into the country is.

The NCA continues to work with its partners to raise awareness of the impacts of people smuggling and are encouraging people working in the transport sector to recognise when something isn’t right, and to report it.

New posters and leaflets launched on Monday [25 October] will make it clear to drivers exactly what they should look out for, including; security breaches at ports, unexpected route diversions from drivers on shift and unusual behaviour at the rear of vehicles.

Drivers will also be encouraged to secure their vehicles and report any instances where they have been approached by someone offering opportunities to earn extra cash.

Any suspicion, no matter how small it may appear at the time, can be reported anonymously to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111, or in an emergency, the police by dialling 999.

NCA Deputy Director Andrea Wilson said: “Stopping people smugglers and preventing further loss of life, is of the utmost priority for the NCA and its partners: The tragic events that took place in Essex two years ago have remained front and centre of our minds in tackling this issue and continue to inform our operational activity: We cannot emphasise enough how crucial information from those in the transport sector is, and hope this renewed drive gives people the confidence to report any suspicious activity to the authorities.”

Border Force Chief Operating Officer Steve Dann, said: “The Grays tragedy revealed the terrible dangers people face being hidden in the backs of lorries by criminals who put profit over safety without a care for who they hurt: Border Force work tirelessly to search, find and stop people being smuggled into the country using every tool at our disposal and on both sides of the border: This campaign encourages our haulier community to secure their vehicle and to be the eyes and ears on the roads reporting anything they think is suspicious – together with the NCA, we are determined to bring an end to this heinous trade in people smuggling.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………………….Published: Oct.23: 2021:

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