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  • El Chapo and the men who live by rules shaped by the blood of feuds February 17, 2019
    The creator of the series Gomorrah explores our unending fascination with the crimes and codes of organised gangsSince I started writing movies and television series on organised crime, the question I’m most often asked is: why do the stories of crimes committed by men such as El Chapo command such passion across generations and across […]
    Roberto Saviano
  • 'Migrant menace': Salvini accused of targeting refugees and ignoring mafia February 12, 2019
    Organised crime increasingly being forgotten in favour of anti-migrant efforts, say observersIn recent decades, the ruthless Casalesi clan of the Camorra mafia has earned billions of euros by burying more than 150,000 cubic metres of toxic waste in the countryside north of Naples.So last Thursday night, when 90 carabinieri paramilitary police officers surrounded several apartment […]
    Lorenzo Tondo in Caserta
  • Court orders son of Moldova's former PM to pay £466,000 February 7, 2019
    Student’s lavish London lifestyle derived from Vladimir Filat’s criminal conductThe son of the former prime minister of Moldova has been ordered to hand over nearly £500,000 following a corruption investigation by the National Crime Agency.Vlad Luca Filat, 22, was hit with three forfeiture orders for money held in three bank accounts. Related: The Global Laundromat: […]
    David Pegg
  • Crimes against nature: how greed fuels illegal trade in animal parts January 28, 2019
    Scotland Yard’s small wildlife unit opens its store of raided treasures for the first timeRow upon row of primate skulls sit in a glass case, jaws stuck forever in a grimace. Rhino horns big and small rise from a table, a depiction of Jesus on the cross in ivory lies on a table, as does […]
    Vikram Dodd Police and crime correspondent
  • 'Golden visa' schemes pose risk to EU security, Brussels to say January 22, 2019
    European commission is expected to sound alarm on their use to attract wealthyBrussels is to warn EU member states that the “golden visa” schemes used by Britain and others to attract the wealthy have exposed the continent to corruption and organised crime.A report from the the European commission, expected to be published on Wednesday, claims […]
    Daniel Boffey in Brussels
  • Going straight: the yakuza gangster who swapped the underworld for udon December 17, 2018
    As crime syndicates lose their attraction, membership is falling and some are making a new life on the right side of the lawTakashi Nakamoto yells a friendly greeting from the kitchen when he spots a customer slide open the door to his restaurant, his face just visible through the steam rising from pots of stock […]
    Justin McCurry in Kitakyushu
  • A Caravaggio for Christmas: is his stolen Nativity masterpiece about to reappear? December 16, 2018
    Missing since the 1960s, Caravaggio’s Christ in the manger is believed to have been stolen by the mafia and eaten by hogs. But could the painting now be recovered in time for Christmas?It’s that time of year when the nativity paintings in Europe’s churches and museums get their month in the glow of fairy lights. […]
    Jonathan Jones
  • Organised crime in the UK is bigger than ever before. Can the police catch up? – podcast December 7, 2018
    Faced with new threats from international gangsters, the boss of the National Crime Agency, Lynne Owens, thinks UK policing needs a radical reboot• Read the text version here Continue reading...
    Written by Alex Perry, read by Andrew McGregor and produced by Simon Barnard
  • Bigger isn’t always better in fight against organised crime | Letters November 27, 2018
    Liverpool councillor Steve Munby says amalgamating local police forces doesn’t helpYour article on organised crime (Report, 22 November) conflates two issues. It makes the case for devoting greater resources to fighting organised crime and the National Crime Agency. This is linked to an argument for amalgamating local police forces. There is no logical connection between […]
    Letters
  • Organised crime in the UK is bigger than ever before. Can the police catch up? November 22, 2018
    Faced with new threats from international gangsters, the boss of the National Crime Agency, Lynne Owens, thinks UK policing needs a radical reboot. By Alex PerryOne afternoon in April, as we climbed into an armoured car outside her office in Vauxhall, south London, I asked Lynne Owens, the country’s most senior police officer, to describe […]
    Alex Perry