Facing a rising crime wave from drug-running to human organ smuggling that siphons money into terrorism, 16 West African states have launched an unprecedented data-sharing scheme to fight illegal activity, but observers say the initiative faces sizeable hurdles. The scheme -- which aims to set up a cybernet where national police forces will pool information on wanted individuals, criminal records, illegal weapons, and stolen cars and documents -- brings together 15 members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plus Mauritania. Known as WAPIS -- the West Africa Police Information System -- the EU-funded scheme has been in gestation for several years and will ultimately be hooked up to Interpol's global criminal databases. It will be "crucial to effectively combating transnational organised crime and terrorism", according to the international police agency. Interpol's secretary general, Juergen Stock, said that smuggling in drugs, weapons, human beings, fake drugs and … [Read more...] about Big hurdles await West African anti-crime initiative
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UK 6 June 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44381757 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsLondon violence On Monday comedian Michael McIntyre became one of the latest victims of moped crime when he was robbed by men while parked outside his children's north London school.On the same day a 24-year-old woman was … [Read more...] about Moped crime: How can you protect yourself?
There was another rise in crime in North East Lincolnshire following on from the steep increase in the number of offences reported to Humberside Police. The latest figures show there were 1,951 crimes overall reported in April in North East Lincolnshire. That is up on the 1,858 in March. Again the offences were mainly in the categories of violence and sexual offences and criminal damage and arson. The rise in crime in March was around 20 per cent and Grimsby MP Melanie Onn highlighted the trend in the House of Commons. She blamed the lack of investment in the number of police officers since 2010. At Prime Minister's Question Time Ms Onn said Humberside Police have 310 fewer front line officers and 550 fewer support officers than they had in 2010. “Will [the Prime Minister] accept that her cuts mean residents from Grimsby and Cleethorpes no longer have the fully-funded and properly staffed police force they deserve?” asked Ms Onn. One of the biggest increases is in … [Read more...] about Crime trends in North East Lincolnshire show another monthly rise
CRIME in West Yorkshire rose by almost 15 per cent in the 12 months up to September 2017, which is less than the national average. The latest crime statistics from the Office for National Statistics showed total recorded crime excluding fraud in England and Wales rose by 15.3%, compared to a 14.9% rise in West Yorkshire. The crime rise in Yorkshire and the Humber was larger - at 18.4%. The rise in West Yorkshire is being put down to improvements in recording practices, with less than 5% relating to an actual increase in being the victim of crime. West Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable John Robins said: “The increases so far this year are lower than is being reported nationally and lower than in other similar forces. “Improving crime recording standards remains a key priority and while we have made good progress, there is still room for further improvements. “Our police officers and staff have worked really hard to continue to deliver a quality … [Read more...] about Crime rise in West Yorkshire below national average
After the death of Veronica the Dowager Countess of Lucan at the age of 80, Mirror Online looks back at the crime that shook Britain at the time, and mystified it for decades afterwards It started as a winter’s night like any other for Lady Lucan as she settled down to watch television with her 10-year-old daughter Frances. Her other children George and Camilla had already been put to bed by the family’s nanny, Sandra Rivett, 29, who had worked for the Lucans for six weeks in their home at 46 Lower Belgrave Street in Belgravia, South West London. Lord Lucan's wife found dead inside Belgravia house where missing aristocrat tried to murder her more than 40 years ago But the peace was about to be shattered in a bloody and horrific manner that would leave the married mum-of-one dead and spark one of the biggest manhunts in British criminal history. The finger quickly pointed to Lord Lucan, the children’s father, who had a tempestuous relationship with his … [Read more...] about How Lord Lucan’s wife escaped with her life after he bludgeoned their nanny to death in the 1974 crime that mystified the nation