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Police not in a position to plug surge in firearms smuggling, says chief

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National lead for organised crime warns there are not enough police officers to prevent more illegal guns reaching UK streets.

File photo of a Border Force officer. Photo credit: PA

File photo of a Border Force officer. Photo credit: PA

Date - 28th December 2018
By - Hayden Smith

 

Police and border officials are struggling to stem the rise in illegal guns being smuggled into the UK, a leading police chief has warned.

Chief Constable Andy Cooke, the national police lead for serious and organised crime, said the rising supply of weapons - many coming in from eastern Europe - was expected to continue due to the scale of the problem.

The situation has become so serious the National Crime Agency (NCA) has used its legal powers to direct every police force in England and Wales to step up its efforts in providing intelligence on the supply of guns, The Guardian reported.

Mr Cooke told the newspaper: "We in law enforcement expect the rise in new firearms to continue.

"We are doing all we can. We are not in a position to stop it anytime soon."

Mr Cooke said efforts to tackle the issue had been "hampered" by a fall in the number of police officers and the resulting reduction in proactive work to "keep these criminals on the back foot".

According to the NCA, many weapons are bought in eastern Europe where they are legal and unrestricted. They may then be transported to the Netherlands, where Dutch organised crime groups negotiate the sale to a British buyer.

The illicit cargo is then smuggled into the UK via ferry ports, train stations and postal hubs, often concealed inside vehicles or parcels.

Guns are also being bought on the dark web.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics for the year ending June 2018 showed a five per cent decrease in offences involving firearms, to 6,362. Figures released earlier in the year showed an 11 per cent increase to the end of December 2017.

Mr Cooke said he believed serious and organised crime was one of the two greatest threats to national security, alongside terrorism.

"Nationally, we need to ensure serious and organised crime gets the same funding as the terrorist threat," he added.

Official figures released this week showed the number of knives seized by Border Force doubled in a year.

Their officers took possession of 7,668 bladed items in the year to September - compared with 3,800 in the previous 12 months.

Border Force also registered a jump in the number of other "offensive weapons" it seized, rising by 61 per cent from 4,056 to 6,534.

The combined haul of 14,202 was almost double the 7,856 knives and weapons confiscated by the agency in the year before.

The figures cover seizures made at all points of entry to the UK.

Detailed breakdowns are not published, but the Home Office said the majority of knives and offensive weapons are seized in postal, fast parcel and freight modes.

Border Force "transparency data" published in November also showed the number of "lethal" firearms seized more than halved year-on-year from 1,285 to 594.

But the quantity of "non-lethal" firearms seized increased by a third to 2,418 in the year to September, meaning the combined total was broadly stable at just over 3,000.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "Tackling the illegal smuggling of offensive weapons is a priority for Border Force.

"Last year (October 2017 - September 2018), officers prevented more than 14,000 knives and other offensive weapons and over 3,000 firearms reaching the streets of the UK.

"We work closely with intelligence colleagues, as well as other law enforcement agencies, to ensure that frontline work is focused on the areas of highest risk and emerging trends are quickly identified.

"Where possible offences are identified, we will not hesitate to pass on information to assist police forces or the National Crime Agency.

"We also run regular intensification exercises at the border as well as awareness raising campaigns to inform holidaymakers returning from locations where knives and batons are sold without restriction that they cannot be imported into the UK."

The findings come amid intense concern over serious violence, and knife crime in particular.

London has been particularly badly hit by bloodshed, while national figures show forces in England and Wales have registered a jump in recorded homicides and offences involving a knife or sharp instrument.

Ministers have announced a number of measures designed to combat the rise in violent crime.

A key plank of the crackdown is the Offensive Weapons Bill, which includes a proposed ban on delivering potentially dangerous bladed items to a buyer's home following warnings that age-verification checks can be sidestepped online.

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Radman

Leaky protection at our borders has been an issue for many years.

I've mentioned it in other threads but privitisation of the ports and the inadequate policing put into place at these locations 30 years ago is a legacy that is now living on to haunt us.

The legislation is already in place to do something about it, it all depends on whether or not Private Industry is willing to foot the bill.

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Funkywingnut

Don’t worry the Navy have plenty of ships and personnel left to assist, oh wait a min....

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Radman
3 hours ago, Funkywingnut said:

Don’t worry the Navy have plenty of ships and personnel left to assist, oh wait a min....

It has become very obvious to me that we have sold our nation off piece by piece for many years now, leaving our security and protection at the doors of other nations to protect.

Why do we need a Navy?

Why do we need a permanent policing presence at our ports?

Why do we need a properly staffed and empowered Border Force?

 

What is the primary purpose of the Government? Some would argue what is it's only role? The welfare and security of the nations and the citizens that inhabit it.

Our leaders seem to have lost touch with this very basic concept. In short we've been sleep walking into this for decades and I fear it's going to get alot worse before it gets any better.

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13 hours ago, Radman said:

It has become very obvious to me that we have sold our nation off piece by piece for many years now, leaving our security and protection at the doors of other nations to protect.

Why do we need a Navy?

Why do we need a permanent policing presence at our ports?

Why do we need a properly staffed and empowered Border Force?

 

What is the primary purpose of the Government? Some would argue what is it's only role? The welfare and security of the nations and the citizens that inhabit it.

Our leaders seem to have lost touch with this very basic concept. In short we've been sleep walking into this for decades and I fear it's going to get alot worse before it gets any better.

I am all for modernisation and progression, but history is a great teacher. Our own history and that of many other nations, tells us that when a country appears weak, when it cannot raise an effective and substantial fighting force quickly, your country is at risk of exploitation. We now have such reduced numbers, ability and fighting spirit, that any real challenge and we wouldn’t cope. 

We are an island  nation, a navy is essential. The ability to enforce our boarders is integral to managing the nation. 

The police and the law of the nation are now perceived as weak and ineffective, there is no deterrent for criminals or those entering illegally. The notion that the police Is a service and not a force is the slow decay, force is used by the police every hour of every day.  

The whole nation is now full of people who believed they are ‘entitled’ to so much.

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Goldfgy

This may sound ignorant, but what is a non-lethal firearm?

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This may sound ignorant, but what is a non-lethal firearm?

Yes - seems like an oxymoron as the definition of a firearm is ‘any lethal barrelled weapon...’.
I suppose component parts, while included in the definition, are not lethal by themselves.

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17 hours ago, Goldfgy said:

This may sound ignorant, but what is a non-lethal firearm?

They may be including incapacitant sprays, tastes etc given the fact they fall within the Firearms act. 

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On 01/01/2019 at 22:08, Goldfgy said:

This may sound ignorant, but what is a non-lethal firearm?

As previously mentioned I'm guessing they've lumped in PAVA/CS Sprays and Tasers since they all fall under the firearms act.

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