In a peculiar piece of journalism by Sean O'Neill in the Times, in which he seems to claim to have obtained this report, published on HMIC's website, under an FOI request, the point of the report is entirely missed - as is what has been excluded from it.
Yes, there are 2,800 organised crime gangs operating in the UK. But to imagine they are the Krays, or the East End crime bosses of the 'Sweeney' is to miss the point. HMIC's report has been rigorously edited to exclude any mention of the fact that very many of these crime gangs are not native; Turks and Kurds run the heroin trade, south-east Asians do people trafficking and kidnappings, Russians and Bulgarians manage the brothels, Albanians peddle children and forge documents. The explosion in immigrant crime gangs under Labour is costing tens of billions a year, but like many other failures they will not admit this one. You will ask what evidence do I have for these accusations?
Well, the MPA doesn't censor its reports to the same extent that the Home Office does, and the many operational reports to the MPA such as this one detail precisely the origin of London's serious and organised crime sector. There are many more. You can find them all on the MPA's website. Albanians. Bulgarians. South-east Asians. Russians. That's just one sector of operations.
In 2008, some 14% of our prison population were foreign nationals. Whilst the prison population generally has risen 11% between 1996 and 2006, the number of foreign prisoners has risen 168%. Prison population stats from the Bromley Briefings.
We are facing an ever increasing threat from foreign crime gangs; this is not visible to most of us who have no contact with this milieu, but if their activities spill over into our lives we are ill-prepared to deal with it. The police have few contacts or 'windows' into their world. Proposals are for ever-more police resources to obtain and share intelligence, for specialist squads to target Albanian traffickers or Vietnamese smugglers.
Wouldn't it make more sense for Labour not to have let them all enter the UK in the first place?