BRITAIN’S ‘FBI’ will today warn 181,000 criminals are linked to the “deadliest threat facing the nation” - over twice the number of soldiers in the British Army.
DAILY EXPRESS - By MICHAEL KNOWLES, HOME AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENTPUBLISHED: 00:01, Tue, May 14, 2019
Lynne Owens, Director General of the National Crime Agency, will demand ministers invest billions as serious and organised crime kills more people than terrorism, natural disasters and war combined. The volume of child sexual abuse and exploitation material online continues to rocket, with criminals increasingly using hidden areas of the internet to view child porn, and immigration gangs are targeting our under-protected borders, charging desperate migrants up to £13,000 to board a flimsy boat across the English Channel. Drug gangs are also exploiting growing demand for substances to groom children into violence and the NCA admitted there is a “steady flow” of unused guns into the country.
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We need significant further investment to keep pace with the growing scale and complexity
Crime chief Ms Owens said: “Serious and organised crime in the UK is chronic and corrosive. Its scale is truly staggering.
“We need significant further investment to keep pace with the growing scale and complexity.
“Some will say we cannot afford to provide more investment, but I say we cannot afford not to.
“The organised criminals of today are indiscriminate - they care less about what types of crime they’re involved in, as long as it makes them a profit.
“These groups are preying on the most vulnerable in society, including young children and the elderly - those most unable to protect themselves.”
The National Crime Agency has linked 37,317 people to 4,542 organised crime groups in the UK.
They also warned 144,000 perverts are registered on the most harmful child sexual abuse and exploitation dark web sites.
By comparison, the British Army has just under 82,000 soldiers.
The NCA has demanded £650million to fund more undercover officers and covert surveillance methods, digital experts who can comb the internet for vital evidence and financial investigators to track cash flows.
Another £2billion must go to local police forces to build intelligence on gangs and violent criminals.
The National Crime Agency, in their annual threat assessment, will today (tues) reveal Russian organised crime groups now pose the biggest cyber threat to the UK as they use trojan viruses to target online bank accounts.
And the NCA has highlighted the shocking scale of online child sex abuse, with almost 3 million global accounts registered on Dark Web sites hosting the most extreme videos and images of child abuse. Around 144,000 of these accounts are registered in Britain.
Investigators say the live streaming of sex attacks “remains a key threat”, with paedophiles in the UK paying foreign perverts to abuse a child on a webcam.
The shocking report added: “This is one of the main forms of financially-driven offending, for which the Philippines remains a key hub.”
The internet is allowing more paedophiles to access and share child pornography and social media has allowed criminals “direct access” to a huge number of children.”
The Director General added: “Visible, front-line policing is vital to public safety, but the reality is that we will not defeat serious and organised crime with beat officers alone.
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“Some of the capabilities we need are most effectively and efficiently delivered at the local or regional level.
“The NCA must deliver others on a national basis, providing the right agencies with the right capabilities at the right time to deliver maximum impact.
“The choice is stark. Failing to invest will result in the gradual erosion of our capabilities and our ability to protect the public.”
Tim Loughton, a senior member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said: “These figures are truly alarming and underline the true extent of crimes committed on the murky world of the Dark net.
“It is absolutely essential our National Crime Agency has all the modern technology and tools so they can fight fire with fire because this cancer is affecting so many of our communities, whether it is through child sexual exploitation, the provision of drugs or lethal weapons.”
The vast majority of cocaine is shipped from South America to mainland Europe, with Netherlands, Spain and Portugal key import countries for criminals.
But they are also transporting their drugs through Western Africa and South Africa into Southern Europe.
The NCA warned cocaine purity is at record levels, while demand for crack and heroin has also increased.
Officials revealed the market for synthetic drugs, such as amphetamine, methamphetamine, Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists (Spice, Black Mamba) and Xanax, has grown.
They say more criminals are importing chemicals “required to manufacture illegal drugs, indicating large-scale UK production”.
The NCA has also identified 2,000 county lines, where vulnerable people are groomed into travelling from a major town or city, to deal drugs in a rural area. They were aware of just 720 lines last year.
The National Crime Agency warned corrupt accountants, solicitors and financial experts are “increasingly facilitating crimes with their expertise”.
Chief Constable Andy Cooke, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Serious and Organised Crime, said: “The government and law enforcement need to act together to address these issues in a coordinated and cohesive manner.
“Law enforcement right across the system needs significant investment to protect against this national security threat and ensure that our communities are protected from violence.”
The National Crime Agency say the traditional structures of organised crime groups are changing, with more young thugs forming their own groups and using technology to commit crime and wreak havoc.
Security Minister Ben Wallace (Image: John Stillwell/PA Wire)
Security Minister Ben Wallace said: “As the National Crime Agency set out, serious and organised Crime is a fast-evolving and highly complex threat to our national security, impacting on our people, on our communities and on our businesses across the country.
“It is estimated to cost the UK at least £37 billion each year.
“Our SOC strategy published in November 2018 set out how we will mobilise the full force of the state to target and disrupt serious and organised crime.
“As criminals’ use of technology evolves so must our response. We continue to invest in the right capabilities and tools in law enforcement, across Government and in partnership with the private sector.”
WHO and WHAT is behind it all ? : >
The bottom line is for the people to regain their original, moral principles, which have intentionally been watered out over the past generations by our press, TV, and other media owned by the Illuminati/Bilderberger Group, corrupting our morals by making misbehavior acceptable to our society. Only in this way shall we conquer this oncoming wave of evil.
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