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NCA: Corrupt border officer caught smuggling drugs and guns

Home News Corrupt border officer caught smuggling drugs and guns Return to News 13 November 2018 A corrupt UK border officer has been found guilty of attempting to smuggle firearms and drugs into the UK, following a joint investigation involving the National Crime Agency, Metropolitan Police and French police. Simon Pellett, 37, from Dover was on duty when he was arrested by officers from the French National Police on Friday 6 October 2017. Earlier that day he had collected a work van from his office in Folkestone and got on a Channel Tunnel shuttle service. But he was unaware the NCA had placed a listening device in the van, and as he drove he was heard making arrangements to rendezvous with other members of the crime group in Loon Plage, between Calais and Dunkirk. He met Alex Howard, 35 and from Sittingbourne, and David Baker, 55 from Eltham, for a handover in a supermarket car park. The two men had just placed three holdalls in the back of his van when French officers moved in to arrest them. The holdalls contained eight pistols, two revolvers, a large quantity of ammunition, 28 kgs of cocaine with a potential street value of £2.8 million, and 6 kgs of heroin with a potential street value of £600,000. The firearms included self-loading and machine pistols, revolvers, silencers and suitable ammunition. There was also ammunition suitable for a Skorpion sub-machine gun. Following their arrest all three men were extradited from France back to the UK. Their trial at Isleworth Crown Court heard how the defendants played a key part in a wider organised criminal network responsible for smuggling drugs and firearms into the UK. Pellett was recuited to help them evade border controls, his motivation for involvement being a significant gambling habit. Investigators believe he would have been paid around £20,000 for the smuggling run. On Monday 12 November the jury found Pellett and Baker guilty of attempting to import firearms, heroin and cocaine. Pellett was additionally found guilty of misconduct in a public office. The following day Howard was found guilty of drug importation charges but cleared of the firearms charge. All three men will be sentenced on Friday 16 November. David Rock from the NCA’s Anti-Corruption Unit said: “As a border officer, Pellet’s job was to prevent the illegal importation of goods into the UK, including firearms and drugs. “He had the power to arrest anyone suspected of being involved in this type of crime, yet his personal greed made him susceptible to corruption and allowed him to be exploited by a UK-based organised crime group. “Corruption at the border threatens the safety and security of the UK, which is why tackling it is such a priority for the NCA and law enforcement partners. “This operation involved close collaboration between the British and French authorities and is a prime example of our international efforts to tackle cross-border organised crime.” Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Sam Cailes from the Met’s Organised Crime Command said: “This has been a complex and highly-successful joint operation that has effectively removed a criminal network, which included a serving corrupt Border Force official. “We are committed to reducing the number of firearms entering the UK and potentially ending up in the hands of violent criminals. The removal of these weapons and drugs has reduced a significant threat to London’s communities. “Our continued work with other agencies - both domestic and international - to deter organised criminality is having a real impact on making London safer for those who live and work here. We will relentlessly pursue people who are involved in the supply and possession of firearms and drugs and bring them to justice.” Share this Page: View the full article

BBC: UK unemployment edges higher

13 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment rose by 21,000 in the three months to September to 1.38 million, according to official Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures. The unemployment rate rose to 4.1% from 4.0%. Wages, excluding bonuses, grew by 3.2% in the same three-month period. ONS senior statistician Matt Hughes said: "The labour market is little changed on the previous three months, though still stronger than it was at this time last year." "With faster wage growth and more subdued inflation, real earnings have picked up noticeably in the last few months. However, real wage growth is below the level seen in 2015, and real wages have not yet returned to their 2008 levels," he added. "The recent uptick in British nationals in work and the decline in workers from the so-called 'A8' eastern European countries both seem to be accelerating." This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article

Barristers warn police over Welsh language 'obligations'

Police must not 'shirk their obligations' to offer Welsh language legal interviews, barristers have said. Standards imposed by the Welsh Language Commissioner include a duty to provide a simultaneous translation service if an interview cannot be conducted in Welsh. Chief constables in Wales have complained this requirement is 'unreasonable and disproportionate'. The Bar Council said police objections "do not stack up". Full Story

BBC: National Action trial: Three guilty of neo-Nazi group membership

National Action trial: Three guilty of neo-Nazi group membership 12 November 2018 Image copyright West Mids Police Image caption Claudia Patatas and Adam Thomas named their baby Adolf out of "admiration" for Hitler A couple who named their baby after Adolf Hitler have been found guilty of being members of a banned terrorist group. Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, from Banbury, along with Daniel Bogunovic, 27, from Leicester, were charged with being in National Action. Birmingham Crown Court heard the couple gave their child the middle name Adolf in honour of the Nazi leader. The Neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action was outlawed in 2016. Prosecutors said the East Midlands chapter of the group "shed one skin for another" and "rebranded" after being banned. Jurors, who reached unanimous verdicts after 12 hours of deliberating, were shown photographs of Thomas wearing Ku Klux Klan robes while cradling his baby. He said the pictures were "just play" but admitted being a racist. Prosecutors said the case was about "a specific type of terror... born out of fanatical and tribal belief in white supremacy". The jury is still deliberating on a final count alleging Thomas had a copy of terrorist manual the Anarchist Cookbook. Image copyright Alamy Image caption Adam Thomas has described his "admiration" for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler Image copyright West Midlands Police/PA Wire Image caption Jurors were shown a picture allegedly showing Adam Thomas in the robes of the Ku Klux Klan View the full article

Met Police wants more female firearm officers to address gender imbalance

A drive to train more women as armed police officers is under way to address the gender imbalance in the Metropolitan Police's firearms units. https://news.sky.com/story/met-police-wants-more-female-firearm-officers-to-address-gender-imbalance-11549828



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