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  • The dark side of Britain’s gold rush: how corruption crept into our suburbs January 14, 2017
    The super rich flooded into London after 2008. Illicit wealth has followedStand outside a north London private school when the bell rings at the end of the day and it soon becomes apparent how much some parts of the capital have changed in only a few decades.Scything through the chill of a January afternoon comes […]
    Jamie Doward
  • Panama Papers: Europol links 3,500 names to suspected criminals December 1, 2016
    Law enforcement agency analysis uncovers probable matches connected to terrorism, money laundering and organised crime Almost 3,500 individuals and companies in the Panama Papers are probable matches for suspected criminals including terrorists, cybercriminals and cigarette smugglers, according to a document seen by the Guardian.The analysis, which was carried out by Europol, the EU’s law enforcement […]
    David Pegg
  • French businesswoman Jacqueline Veyrac kidnapped in Nice October 25, 2016
    President of Cannes’s five-star Grand Hotel, who is 76, was seized from her car near her home by an organised gang, police sayA millionaire businesswoman has been kidnapped by an “organised gang” near her home in Nice on France’s south coast.Jacqueline Veyrac, 76, president of Cannes’s five-star Grand Hotel, was seized from her car on […]
    Agence France-Presse in Nice
  • Van Gogh Museum relieved after stolen paintings recovered – video September 30, 2016
    Nienke Bakker, a curator at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and Adriaan Donszelmann, the finance director, give their reactions after two paintings, stolen from the museum in 2002, were declared recovered by Italian police on Friday. Bakker said both paintings were in reasonably good condition, although ‘Seascape at Scheveningen’ had damaged paint in one […]
    Guardian Staff
  • Italian Camorra inquiry recovers Van Goghs 14 years after infamous heist September 30, 2016
    Paintings stolen from Amsterdam museum have been recovered from house in stronghold of crime syndicate near Naples Two Vincent van Gogh paintings that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam more than a decade ago have been recovered by Italian law enforcement authorities in Naples after an investigation targeting a powerful organised crime syndicate involved […]
    Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome and Gordon Darroch in Amsterdam
  • Police criticised as organised gangs gain control of sex industry September 24, 2016
    A new study shows organised crime is behind growing numbers of UK brothels, leaving sex workers vulnerableOrganised crime is far more involved in running Britain’s sex trade than previously thought, with more than three-quarters of brothels found to have links to criminal gangs, according to pioneering research. It claims that sex workers’ movements were controlled […]
    Alex Hacillo and Mark Townsend
  • Murderers next door: The Clan director on Argentina's bloodthirsty Puccio family September 14, 2016
    They were a family of kidnappers and killers who shocked 1980s Argentina. So what happened when Pablo Trapero decided to track down their descendents?When Pablo Trapero was 13, growing up in the rough-edged district of La Matanza outside Buenos Aires, his father gave him a warning. It was 1985 and Argentina had just emerged from […]
    Danny Leigh
  • 'I've done really bad things': The undercover cop who abandoned the war on drugs August 26, 2016
    Neil Woods used to risk his life to catch drug dealers. But as gangs responded with escalating violence and intimidation – some even poisoning users who talked to the police – he started to see legalisation as the only solutionWalking beside me through a market town centre is a lean, healthy, 46-year-old man. “So, you […]
    Decca Aitkenhead
  • FBI rounds up nearly 50 mob suspects accused of litany of mafia crimes August 5, 2016
    The 46 defendants include alleged Philadelphia mob boss Joseph ‘Skinny Joey’ Merlino and New York crime figure Pasquale “Patsy” ParrelloNearly 50 alleged mobsters have been charged by US prosecutors with being part of an east coast crime syndicate.The 46 suspects include an old-school mafioso in New York and a reputed mob chieftain in Philadelphia who […]
    Associated Press
  • Child migrants in Sicily must overcome one last obstacle – the mafia July 23, 2016
    Many refugee children have disappeared from the island amid allegations of people-smuggling by organised gangsThe diminutive figures were lined up outside Catania’s central station. There were seven in all, aged between 15 and 17. They had recently escaped from the massive government-run migrant reception centres inland or further along the Sicilian coast. Now they were […]
    Mark Townsend