Organised crime takes a hit
Reporter: Robbie Gill
Date online: 25 October 2013
ORGANISED crime came under attack this week as police launched the largest ever multi-agency response to the problem in Greater Manchester’s history.
In the past week over 100 warrants have been issued and over 50 suspected members of criminal gangs arrested.
Component parts for what could be the UK’s first 3D printer-made gun were seized when officers found the printer and what was believed to be a plastic magazine and trigger.
More than £330,000 of drugs, £25,000 in cash, weapons including tasers and batons, seven high-powered cars and up to 50 tonnes of counterfeit goods worth £2 million were seized.
Police estimate 160 organised crime gangs are operating in Greater Manchester costing the local economy between £8.5million and £1.7billion each year.
Chief Supt Catherine Hankinson, head of Oldham police division, said: “Working with local authorities we’ve seized millions of pounds worth of drugs, firearms and cash and secured some lengthy convictions for organised crime group members. We’ve made massive inroads into disrupting these criminal networks and Oldham is a much safer place to live and work.”
Det-Chief Supt Rebekah Sutcliffe, who heads Challenger, said: “This week we have declared war on these criminal networks who for too long have been bullying communities and enjoying a lavish lifestyle.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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