On 11 June, the i newspaper in the UK said that a report by an academic at the University of Portsmouth claims that organised crime is going uninvestigated by police who are “hiding behind the veil” of the Action Fraud national crime reporting agency – this being useful for concealing an “inadequate” police response.  Figures from Action Fraud, the arm of the police responsible for recording scams and fraud, show that between 2019 and 2020, over 800,000 people reported being a victim of fraud, with £2.3 billion finding its way into criminal hands.  The report argues radical change is required to address the investigative gap through either regionalization or a national solution, through a National Economic Crime Agency.  It considers some of the arguments for against such approaches and calls for a debate to commence on the future structures for policing economic crime.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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