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  • French businesswoman Jacqueline Veyrac kidnapped i...
    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 Monday lunchtime, prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre said. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-10-25By Agence France-Presse in Nice
  • Van Gogh Museum relieved after stolen paintings re...
    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 corner. ‘Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church’ in Nuenen’ was the other found paintingItalian Camorra inquiry recovers Van Goghs 14 years after infamous heist Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-09-30By Guardian Staff
  • Italian Camorra inquiry recovers Van Goghs 14 year...
    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 in the cocaine trade.The paintings, View of the Sea at Scheveningen, painted in 1882, and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, painted in 1884, were discovered after allegedly being hidden away in a house affiliated with an international drug trafficker based in Castellammare di ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-09-30By Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome and Gordon Darroch in Amsterdam
  • Police criticised as organised gangs gain control ...
    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 by brothels in a third of cases and criticises police for failing to tackle the criminals who control much of the off-street sex industry.Published by an independent thinktank, the Police Foundation, the study is the first of its kind to document the links between organised ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-09-24By Alex Hacillo and Mark Townsend
  • Murderers next door: The Clan director on Argentin...
    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 the cruel years of the military junta. The boy wanted to get involved in his school council. His father, sceptical of how long democracy would last, advised against it. If the generals came back, he said, an interest in politics could end badly. Related: ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-09-14By Danny Leigh
  • ‘I’ve done really bad things’: T...
    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 wanted me to show you how I used to look?” He draws in his stomach, rounds his shoulders, paws imaginary sweat from his cheeks, and suddenly I’m looking at a junkie – jumpy, wheedling, begging for a fix. “And this is how you walk when ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-08-26By Decca Aitkenhead
  • FBI rounds up nearly 50 mob suspects accused of li...
    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 has been pursued by the government for decades. Related: Brooklyn prepares for trial over Lufthansa heist featured in Goodfellas Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-08-05By Associated Press
  • Child migrants in Sicily must overcome one last ob...
    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 alone, waiting for the city’s matrix of organised criminals to take them north.“We have nowhere to go, we feel safer outside on our own than in the camps,” said Mohammed Asante, 17, from Ghana. Thousands of unaccompanied minors have disappeared from Catania, mostly through smuggling ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-07-23By Mark Townsend
  • Italian mafia boss Bernardo ‘the tractorR...
    Former Costra Nostra boss of bosses had been in custody since 2006 and was suffering from cancerSicilian mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano, nicknamed “the tractor” for the way he mowed his victims down, has died after a long illness.Provenzano, 83, was the Cosa Nostra crime group’s “boss of bosses” until his arrest in 2006 after 40 years on the run, during which he communicated with his lieutenants by word of mouth or typewritten notes. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-07-13By Agence France-Presse in Rome
  • The real threat to Britain’s borders is the flow...
    It’s probably remain’s least used argument, but isolated nations are unable to fight organised crime. Only real cooperation in Europe can have an impactIf I were to ask which country was the most corrupt in the world, you might say Afghanistan, Nigeria or Russia – maybe Mexico. I would say, the United Kingdom. True, the latest report from Transparency International, in 2015, put the UK in the top 10 cleanest countries in the world. Yet corruption has crept in, in the form of investments, many of which are the profits of illegal activity. Related: Foreign criminals use London housing market to ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-06-23By Roberto Saviano
  • Ringleader of UK’s biggest gun-smuggling ope...
    Harry Shilling led gang that shipped £100,000 worth of weapons from same source used in Charlie Hebdo attackThe ringleader of Britain’s biggest known gun-smuggling operation has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for shipping £100,000 worth of weapons from the same source used in the Charlie Hebdo terror attack. Harry Shilling bragged “we [are] now officially gangsters” after 22 assault rifles and nine Skorpion sub-machine guns from eastern Europe sailed up the river Medway from Boulogne in France. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-06-03By Press Association
  • Four Latvians jailed in UK for exploiting vulnerab...
    Members of crime gang used fellow migrants to launder stolen money and offered indebted female workers as bridesFour members of a Latvian organised crime gang who used vulnerable fellow migrants to launder stolen money and offered their indebted female eastern European workers as brides for hire have been sentenced to a total of 23 years in prison at Huntingdon crown court. Related: The gangsters on England's doorstep | Felicity Lawrence Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-05-20By Felicity Lawrence
  • Silence earns mobster Whitey Bulger’s girlfr...
    Catherine Greig refused to say if anyone helped them while on the runBulger convicted of 11 murders he committed or ordered from crime gangIn the end, the former dental hygienist who ran away with Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger and helped keep him hidden for 16 years was more loyal to the mob than any man.A federal judge ordered Catherine Greig, 65, to spend another 21 months in prison for refusing to tell a grand jury if anyone helped the couple while on the run. Related: Captured at last: how James 'Whitey' Bulger was undone by a TV ad ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-04-28By JM Lawrence in Boston
  • Dutch police shutter encrypted network over allege...
    Officials say users of Ennetcom’s services were engaged in ‘serious criminal activity’ and arrest owner on laundering and weapons possession suspicionsDutch police have arrested the owner of a company that provided encrypted communications for a network of 19,000 customers and shut its operations down, saying they believed it was being used for organized crime. The owner of the company, Ennetcom, is suspected of money laundering and illegal weapons possession, prosecutors said. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-04-22By Reuters in Amsterdam
  • John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer may have been...
    Notorious criminal was murdered in a carefully planned operation, say detectivesNotorious criminal John “Goldfinger” Palmer was murdered in a carefully planned operation by a professional hitman, detectives have confirmed.The 65-year-old was found shot dead in the garden of his remote woodland home in South Weald, Essex, on 24 June last year. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: WORLD CRIMINAL NEWSPublished on 2016-03-10By Press Association