City: 28 gangs run 59 businesses that fund terrorNovember 1, 2013
Birmingham, Britain’s second largest city, has identified 28 criminal gangs that are operating 59 primarily cash-based businesses that are laundering money in part to finance terrorism.
Ever get a funny feeling when you walk into certain shops? Do you ever find it odd when a big store won’t accept credit cards? Does the store have signs up forbidding photography? Do the employees look at you funny when you enter? Does the business seem to stay open despite a lack of customers, or does it occupy too large a space for the amount of traffic it normally receives? Do they sell deeply discounted merchandise, such as pirated CDs, DVDs, or dirt cheap cell phones?
Don’t ignore these red flags and your feelings of discomfort. Don’t buy anything there, and just walk away.
H/t El Grillo.
Birmingham’s crime gangs fund terrorists
23 Oct 2013
City gyms, cafes and restaurants used for recruiting extremists, say police
A top-level police report has revealed crime gangs in Birmingham are funding terrorism.
And the criminal groups now run 59 legitimate businesses in the city, often using them to launder money made from drug dealing, robberies, and even gun-running.
The potential threats facing Birmingham and its residents is laid bare in a detailed report compiled by the Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Sharon Rowe.
It was written for Birmingham Community Safety Partnership, involving members of the city council, probation service, police and fire service.
The report, published online, confirms there are currently 28 organised crime gangs (OCGs) operating in the city and highlights the scale of their operations and influence.
But it is believed there are 306 OCGs whose criminality affects Birmingham.
The report states the Birmingham gangs now run 59 legitimate businesses, often using them to launder proceeds from their criminal activities, which include drug dealing, robberies, car key burglaries and even gun-running.
They include pubs, car washes and sandwich shops, which normally deal in cash.
For the first time, the report also reveals some of the groups are believed to be funding terrorism.
It states: “There is evidence that some Birmingham OCGs use the profits from crime to help fund terrorist activities”…