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Essex Police: 39 bodies found in lorry container

We were called by colleagues from the ambulance service shortly before 1.40am this morning Wednesday 23 October following the discovery of a lorry container with people inside at Waterglade Industrial Park, Eastern Avenue, Grays. Emergency services arrived but sadly, 39 people were pronounced dead at the scene. Early indications suggest 38 are adults and one […]

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HUMAN SMUGGLING NETWORK BUSTED: EUROPOL SUPPORTS ACTION DAYS IN CROATIA, SLOVENIA AND BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Coordinated action days held between July and October have resulted in the arrest of 10 members of an organised crime group and identification of at least 150 irregular migrants who were smuggled by the criminals. THE WESTERN-BALKAN MIGRATION ROUTE: THE HOTTEST IN EUROPE At least half of the migrant smuggling cases reported to Europol are […]

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BURGLARS WHO TARGETED LA LIGA FOOTBALLERS’ HOMES ARRESTED IN MADRID

In the framework of Operation OP HABITAT RINIA, the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil), in close cooperation with the Albanian Police and Europol, arrested 5 individuals for their alleged involvement in a spate of burglaries targeting the homes of high-profile football players in Spain. The group, which consists of 4 Albanian nationals and one Spaniard, […]

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Suspects detained as part of the investigation into the death of people at the dam breach in Krasnoyarsk

The Krasnoyarsk and Khakassia Regional Office of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation continue the investigation of a probe under Part 3 of Article 216 of the Criminal Code of Russia (violation of safety rules during work that has entailed by negligence the death of two or more persons). As part of the investigation, […]

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OPERATION SECTIO – INTERNATIONAL HIT AGAINST BELARUSIAN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP INVOLVED IN INTERNATIONAL CARGO THEFTS.

The German Police Department Heidekreis, in cooperation with the French Gendarmerie and Czech authorities, the German State Criminal Police Office of Saxony-Anhalt, EMPACT OPC, and Europol dismantled a Belarusian organised crime group involved in international cargo thefts.  The group was targeting trucks on motorway rest areas and parking lots to steal the cargo. The group […]

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476 POTENTIAL VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IDENTIFIED DURING THE LARGE-SCALE JOINT ACTION DAYS 2019

162 arrests and 111 new investigations in coordinated joint actions against human trafficking Between 16-25 September, Europol coordinated the EMPACT Large-Scale Joint Action Days (LS-JAD) 2019. The actions targeted synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances and, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, document fraud and environmental crime and involved law enforcement authorities from EU Member States, third-party […]

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Forced Movement of Migrants in Bosnia Sparks Warning of Humanitarian Emergency

Concern is rising for the welfare of migrants in Bosnia with winter just around the corner. Archive/IOM 2018 Sarajevo – Serious concerns have been expressed in Bosnia at the forcible transfer of large numbers of migrants to an already overcrowded and dangerous accommodation centre. The Vucjak centre, near Bihac on the Bosnia-Croatia border has been […]

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South Korean National and Hundreds of Others Charged Worldwide in the Takedown of the Largest Darknet Child Pornography Website, Which was Funded by Bitcoin

Dozens of Minor Victims Who Were Being Actively Abused by the Users of the Site Rescued Jong Woo Son, 23, a South Korean national, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for his operation of Welcome To Video, the largest child sexual exploitation market by volume of content.  The nine-count […]

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439 stolen cars seized in 12 days as part of Frontex-led operation

439 stolen cars, 11.9 million illegal cigarettes and 20 tonnes of raw tobacco were recovered in a 12-day operation led by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, in late September and early October. The operation, known as Joint Action Day (JAD) Mobile 2, targeted serious and organised cross-border crime across Europe. It focused […]

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302 POTENTIAL VICTIMS OF LABOUR EXPLOITATION IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IDENTIFIED IN PAN-EUROPEAN ACTION

39 new cases of labour exploitation were initiated Between 16 and 20 September 2019, Europol supported the first Europe-wide Joint Action Days against human trafficking for labour exploitation focusing specifically on the agricultural sector. The operation, led by France, also involved law enforcement authorities from Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands. 44 SUSPECTS […]

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Hunger levels in Horn of Africa rise as region experiences driest summer in over 35 years

152 million African children – one in four – live in a conflict zone. One fifth of the world’s children who live in conflict zones are in Africa. More than one third of all conflicts involve sexual violence against children. 19,000 new children recruited to armed groups in South Sudan since December 2013. Nearly 1500 […]

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Second anniversary of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Statement by the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli: “It is never acceptable to die because you are doing your job” “Daphne Caruana Galizia would have been 55 years old today and would still have had a brilliant career ahead of her. Instead, we are here today to pay tribute to her because her […]

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Thousands of US troops deploying to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon

Photo By: Marine Corps Sgt. Branden Bourque At the request of U.S. Central Command, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized the deployment of additional U.S. forces and the following equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Two Fighter Squadrons One Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW) Two Patriot Batteries One Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) […]

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Manchester Arndale stabbings: Five hurt as man arrested

Statement from Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson following the incident today in the Manchester Arndale Centre. At 11.15am this morning (Friday 11 October 2019), a man entered the Arndale Shopping Centre in Manchester City Centre. He was armed with a large knife and as he entered Exchange Court, he began lunging and attacking people with […]

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BOAT RAIDED FROM BRAZIL TO EUROPE HIDING OVER HALF A TONNE OF COCAINE AND NARCOTIC SUBSTANCES

Operation 26Kearney, led by the Spanish authorities, National Police (Policía Nacional), Civil Guard (Guardia Civil), and the Spanish Tax Agency (Agencia Tributaria) has seen the arrest of five individuals and the seizure of 500kg of cocaine transported in hidden cabins on a boat in the Azores, Portugal. The operation was coordinated by Europol’s Drugs Unit, […]

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The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Gregg L. Semenza

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. Animals need oxygen for the conversion of food into useful […]

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EUROPEAN POLICE CHIEFS FOCUS ON SERIOUS AND ORGANISED CRIME DURING THE 2019 EUROPEAN POLICE CHIEFS CONVENTION AT EUROPOL’S HEADQUARTERS IN THE HAGUE

Serious and organised crime has been evolving over the last 20 years in terms of the number of criminal organisations, modus operandi, use of technology, and organised crime’s ability to infiltrate infrastructures, public sector and exploit legislative loopholes. This is one of the conclusions made at the 2019 European Police Chiefs Convention (EPCC). Over the […]

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66 SUSPECTED OF ARRANGING ILLEGAL ADOPTIONS AND SURROGACIES, AND HUMAN EGG TRAFFICKING IN GREECE

On 23 September 2019, Greek law enforcement authorities, supported by Europol, dismantled an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of human beings (selling ova), illegal adoption and money laundering. €25 000 TO €28 000 PER ILLEGAL ADOPTION Active since 2016, the criminal network recruited vulnerable pregnant women from Bulgaria. The group transported them to […]

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Probe launched into act of international terrorism upon destruction of bridge supports on the way of EMERCOM convoy in Luhansk

The Main Investigations Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia has launched a criminal investigation under Part 1 of Article 361 of the Criminal Code of Russia (committing outside the Russian Territory an arson or other actions dangerous for life, health, freedom, or integrity of citizens of the Russian Federation, aimed to breach the peaceful […]

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EUROPOL AND THE SPANISH NATIONAL POLICE ARREST SERIOUS SUPPORTER OF THE SO-CALLED ISLAMIC STATE

The individual was an active member in restrictive Islamic State (IS) groups, which produced propaganda threatening Spain and several of its institutions Europol supported the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) in arresting a man in Cádiz, Spain suspected of using social media platforms to indoctrinate users; glorify IS attacks; and promote and disseminate jihadist terrorist […]

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