NCA Tracking UK Criminals in Spain

NCANews just in from the British Embassy in Madrid:


British Criminals in Spain to feel force of UK’s newest crime-fighters

Organised criminals who believe they can evade arrest by hiding in Spain will feel the full force of the UK’s newest crime fighting agency when it goes live this month.

From 7 October the National Crime Agency (NCA) will use more than 4,000 specialist crime fighters to tackle some of the world’s toughest and most organised criminals.

The new agency will strengthen relations between law enforcement in the UK and Spain.

The NCA will build on its work with a range of agencies including the Spanish National Police, Guardia Civil and Spanish Customs to tackle threats including economic crime, criminal finances and profits, organised immigration crime and emerging threats such as e-crime. Of particular interest to both countries will be cocaine and cannabis entering the UK via Spain from Latin America and North and West Africa.
The new agency will also focus on the activities of British organised criminals based in Spain. It will continue to work closely with Spanish partners under Operation Captura, which has seen 53 of the UK’s most wanted criminals arrested. The operation will continue to be a threat to British fugitives residing in Spain.

Criminals will be targeted across the globe as the NCA tackles international threats abroad before they reach the UK border. Led by 120 liaison officers in 40 global locations, the NCA’s reach will stretch across 150 countries.

The NCA will work with partners in Spain to tackle organised crime groups in-country, share intelligence on joint threats and targets, and intercept people, property and money moving to and from the UK.

David Armond, Director of Border Policing Command for the NCA, said:

“Tackling serious and organised crime goes way beyond the shores of the United Kingdom. Some of the biggest threats to the national security of countries around the globe come from individuals and crime groups who globally cost us billions of pounds every year and ruin lives and communities.

“These people must be stopped, and the NCA will lead the UK’s law enforcement role at an international level.

“The NCA will be a powerful crime fighting agency, with more than 4,000 crime fighters working with partners at home and abroad to cut serious and organised crime.”
The new agency will have a much wider remit than its predecessors, with an additional focus on cyber crime, fraud and economic crime alongside the more familiar types of serious and organised criminal activity such as drugs, child sexual exploitation, human trafficking and firearms.

When it launches on 7 October, the NCA will lead the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime by building on the cutting-edge technologies and expertise of officers from its key predecessor organisations, including the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.

If you would like more information about the NCA, please contact the press line on 020 7979 5835.
National Crime Agency

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Silence for Ángela

moments silence
The classes at the Adeje Summer University came to a halt yesterday at midday as students and teachers joined members of the council and staff in a minute’s silence in memory of Ángela, the latest victim of domestic violence in Spain.
The Gran Canarian woman’s body was discovered in her home two days ago but pólice believe she may have been killed up to two weeks previously.
Ángela was the second Canarian victim of domestic violence in 2013. Also present at the silent tribute was the Director of the Regional Equality Institute Elena Mañez, who said “this kind of violence against women was the most brutal manifestation of inequality that unfortunately still exists in our society.”
She urged all women who were suffering at home to seek help from the authorities. The deputy minister for Public Adminstration Carmen Nieves Rodríguez said the government were “working to erradicate this social scourge that is domestic violence”, adding that one of the most helpful innovations was the use of SMS messages to those women who have been victims to alert them if their former aggressor is in or out of prison, if he has changed his home address or other relevant information.
Adeje Equality councillor Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz reminded those in danger and suffering that the emergency number to call was 016, which could be called free of charge.


Reporting Crime


Don't leave caution at home

Don’t leave caution at home

Reporting crime

In recent days a number of people have been talking about an increase in petty crime and muggings in Callao Salvaje and other parts of the borough. While there has been an parallel increase in the police presence in many zones, they, obvioulsy, cannot be everywhere all the time.  Here too is an extract from a recent press release from the British Embassy in Madrid.

Tourists heading for an Easter break by the Mediterranean are being warned to look out for their valuables when visiting busy urban areas.

British Consulates in Spain are reporting rising trends in the number of street crimes involving stolen passports, money and other valuables. A stolen bag leads to frustration, extra costs and lost holiday time as tourists deal with the consequences.

Dave Thomas, Consular Director for Southern Europe, said: “Unfortunately we have seen increases inpickpocketing and distraction thefts. We urge holidaymakers to keep an eye on their belongings at all times. We want to reduce the numbers of British visitors who come to us for help over stolen passports and belongings, so they can get on with enjoying their Easter breaks instead of spending their precious holiday time in our consular offices”.

The three main methods used by city criminals are:

· Pickpocketing on public transport and in busy areas.

· Distraction techniques (asking victims for help or directions, spilling something on clothes and offering to help).

· Unattended bag / handbag snatchingin hotels, restaurants, cafés, airport and train stations.”

While we are not one of the Med zones, unfortunately at peak holiday times, like Easter week, petty theives take advantage. 

If you are a resident here and a victim of crime, it’s important that you report it to the local authorities. You should also go to the citizens advice centre in the Adeje town hall and fill in a complaint form, particularly if you have witnessed a crime rather than been the victim.  Alternatively you can make your statement online, via the Adeje Ayuntamiento webpage, go to the Sede Electronica section and fill in the form (in Spanish for the time being) that appears when you click on the Quejas y Sugerencias box down the left-hand side.

At the end of the day be as careful as you would be at home, and don’t take unnecessary risks with your cash or travel documents if you are on holidays and remind visitors to do the same.  If you are going to the beach just take a little bit of cash, leave your credit cards at home, and don’t wander around with bags open or bulging wallets sticking out of back pockets.