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Gangs: Crime

Home Office written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle Albanian crime gangs in the UK.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

There are at least 4,600 Organised Crime Groups operating in the UK. A small proportion are foreign national groups, such as those with connections to Albania and the Western Balkans. In its National Strategic Assessment, published in May 2018, the NCA assessed that Organised Crime Groups with links to the Western Balkans dominate the wholesale cocaine market in the UK.

The Government’s response to the threat posed by these groups is set out in the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy launched in November 2018.

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