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  • Police struggle to stop flood of firearms into UK

    Police and border officials are struggling to stop a rising supply of illegal firearms being smuggled into Britain, a senior police chief has warned.
    Chief constable Andy Cooke, the national police lead for serious and organised crime, said law enforcement had seen an increased supply of guns over the past year, and feared that it would continue in 2019.

    The Guardian has learned that the situation is so serious that the National Crime Agency has taken the rare step of using its legal powers to direct every single police force to step up the fight against illegal guns.
    The increasing supply of guns belies problems with UK border security and innovations by organised crime gangs. Smugglers have increasingly found new ways and innovative routes to get guns past border defences.

    Cooke said more are coming in from eastern Europe and the western Balkans and also component pieces are being smuggled in via the fast parcel system, hidden among a growth in packages because of the explosion of internet shopping.

    Guns are being bought on the dark web and the UK is also seeing weapons designed for sports shooting being smuggled in, as well as blank firing weapons bought for just £100 being converted in the UK. Criminals have also obtained high end automatic weapons such as an AK47.

    Cooke said that the dynamics of the streets of British cities had changed and that criminals were more willing to use guns: “If they bring them in people will buy them. It’s a kudos thing for organised criminals.”
    Gun crime has been rising and the last set of official figures about recorded firearms offences, showing a 5% fall to 6,362 in the year ending June 2018, is seen as a blip against a trend of rising gun offences. Statistics released earlier in 2018 had shown gun crime up 11% in 2017/18, and in the same period, the Metropolitan police said discharges of lethal barrelled firearms rose by 23%. Compared to 2015/16, there has been a 67% increase in the capital alone.


    • I think the bigger issue than failing border control on this matter is the implication that there is probably is a growing market for illegal weapons, otherwise smugglers wouldn't step up their game.
      So again the UK tries to fight symptoms because it's unable or unwilling to fight the root causes.


      • Originally posted by Xaito View Post
        I think the bigger issue than failing border control on this matter is the implication that there is probably is a growing market for illegal weapons, otherwise smugglers wouldn't step up their game.
        So again the UK tries to fight symptoms because it's unable or unwilling to fight the root causes.
        Pretty much, the growth in demand and the rising homicide rate is fueled by the crack and cocaine trade. Teenagers typically are the drug mules and enforcers in the gangs hence why so many young people get stabbed and shot.

        It’s exactly like in the United States.


        • Body of man pulled from west London canal

          A dead body has been pulled from the River Brent, police confirmed.

          The body of a man has been recovered from the canal in Boston Manor Park, Brentford, on New Year's Eve.

          Police and the London Ambulance Service were called at about 11.50am to reports of a body.
          Officers said at this stage, “the death is being treated as unexplained”.

          A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at around 11:51hrs on Monday, 31 December to reports of a body in the canal at Boston Manor Park, Brentford.

          #Hackney BREAKING: A dead body has been discovered at a building site on Filey Avenue, #N16. Scotland Yard stated that Police were called by @Ldn_Ambulance at 09:27 this morning to a man found deceased. Police are currently treating the death as unexplained.

          If confirmed to be homicides, this would put the death toll at six for this month.

          London crime: Homicides in capital hit 10-year high in 2018 after 134 people killed

          The number of people killed in London hit a 10-year high in 2018 and more than a fifth of victims were children and teenagers, figures show.

          The 134 homicides recorded by the Metropolitan Police included 24 where the victims were aged 19 or under.

          Of those, 18 were stabbed, five were shot and one woman was killed by a head injury.

          It was London’s highest homicide total since 2008, which saw 14 people killed, and a 15 per cent rise year-on-year.


          • Originally posted by HisRoyalHighness View Post
            Police struggle to stop flood of firearms into UK

            Plenty of Albanians have brought in Yugo stock, from grenades to Zastavas. And not long ago my countrymen used the opportunity to fill UK "market" with Baikal pistol and various revolvers before weapon ownership was very lax in Lithuania. I do believe weapon smuggling will be curbed down after Brexit.


            • Well, 2019 is off to a rough start for London:

              #Hackney SHOOTING Police were called to a nightclub on Kingsland Road in Hackney, at 05:00hrs on Tuesday, 1 January following reports of a shooting. Officers and LAS attended. A woman, believed to be aged in her mid-20s, was found with a gunshot wound to her leg.

              #Richmond A man in his 30s is in a serious but stable condition in hospital with a suspected head injury. Police were called at 02:36 this morning to reports of a male unconscious following a fight. Scotland Yard confirmed they are treating the incident as GBH. No arrests.
              #Southwark MURDER: A woman in her early 30s has been stabbed to death at an address on John Ruskin Street in #Camberwell, #SE5. Police were called at 04:20 this morning by the @Ldn_Ambulance. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 04:50. More below.

              #Westminster BREAKING: A man in his early 30s has been stabbed to death on New Years Day on Park Lane, #Mayfair, #W1. Police were called at 05:36. Despite the best efforts of the @Ldn_Ambulance the man was pronounced dead at 06:05.
              #Westminster #Mayfair #ParkLane Two other men aged 37 & 29, and a 29 year old woman were also found with stab wounds. It appears that the deceased and the two male victims that were stabbed were working as security staff at a venue holding a private party. No arrests as yet.

              London stabbings: Two people knifed to death in first six hours of 2019



                NEWS 03 JAN 19 Romanian’s Murder in Central London Shocks UK

                Recent arrival’s stabbing on New Year’s Eve while guarding an exclusive townhouse in London’s luxury Mayfair district dismays Britain, as partner says he had come ‘for a better life’.



                • Woman found dead at home on London's Isle of Dogs
                  A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman in her 30s was found dead in east London.

                  Officers were called to East Ferry Road, in Isle of Dogs, at about 6.20pm on Saturday after a “concern for the welfare” of the person living there.


                  • Originally posted by Connaught Ranger View Post
                    Romanian’s Murder in Central London Shocks UK
                    This story has everything. A Romanian bouncer was killed outside a debauced Mayfair sex party for the super-rich run by a disgraced faux-aristocrat swindler. The son of hook-handed Islamist preacher Abu Hamza has been arrested on suspicion of his murder.


                    • #Walthamstow
                      A man has been rushed to hospital having sustained stab wounds in broad daylight outside Blackhorse Road Tube Station.

                      The Met Police say the victims condition is currently unknown and a crime scene remains
                      Update: The victim is in a life threatening condition.

                      The Met Police have said the victim is critical and that a man has been arrested following the stabbing earlier today outside Blackhorse Road Tube Station, #E17.

                      There’s also three other different stabbings that happened in the past two days with life threatening wounds and a stabbing death on a train to London.


                      • Rainham deaths: Police probe after two people found dead in east London property
                        A woman, aged 39, and man, aged 51, were were pronounced dead at the property in Lower Mardyke Avenue, Rainham, on Friday morning.

                        Officers had been called by London Ambulance Service paramedics just before 8am.

                        Police have informed their next of kin. The Met said their deaths are being treated as unexplained


                        • ^That has been confirmed as a murder-suicide with the husband strangling the wife.
                          A 14 year old boy has been stabbed to death.

                          Police were called to Bickley Road in #Leyton, #E10 just before 6.30pm and discovered the boy with stab wounds.

                          Sadly, the boy was pronounced dead at 7.09pm.

                          There have been no arrests. A crime scene remains.
                          #London Significant Acts of Violence Since New Years Day 2019

                          - #Breaking Boy Aged 14 stabbed to death in #Leyton
                          - 4 Murders
                          - Multiple Stabbings
                          - 1 Shooting
                          - 1 Homophobic Attack
                          - 2 Suspected High Profile Suicides also reported in #CanaryWharf

                          And it’s only 8 days into the new year.


                          • #TowerHamlets
                            BREAKING: A woman believed to be in her 30’s has been pronounced dead having been discovered with a critical head injury. The incident took place at a residential address on City Island Way, #E14. More below.
                            #TowerHamlets #CityIsland Scotland Yard said Police were called just after 4.00pm. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.17pm. There have been no arrests. A crime scene remains. Those with information should contact 101 or @CrimestoppersUK. Video: @montrants

                            #TowerHamlets #CityIsland Met Police say they were called following reports of an assault and that they have informed their Homicide and Major Crime Command.


                            • London murder: Man arrested after woman becomes seventh person killed in capital this year
                              A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman at a luxury flat in Poplar, East London.

                              An investigation was launched after the body of the victim, said to be in her 30s, was discovered at a residential address in City Island Way, E14, shortly after 4pm on Friday.


                              • London Tube violent crime rises by 43% in three years
                                Violent crime on London's Tube network has increased by more than 43% in the last three years, figures have shown .

                                British Transport Police data showed there were 1,980 reported incidents between November 2015 and October 2016, compared with 2,838 between November 2017 and September last year.

                                King's Cross St Pancras had the highest number of recorded offences.

                                Do they have metal detectors and CCTVs in the metros?