Manchester UK Criminal Gangs Circa 2012

Greater Manchester Police

Saturday, Nov 10, 2012

The Greater Manchester Police have released reports about the how they are tackling the problems related to attempting to downgrade and/or substantially dismantle up to 100 criminal gangs operating in Greater Manchester.

Some of the leading criminal gangs under surveillance in Greater Manchester are…
•    South Manchester Gooch Gang
•    South Manchester Doddington Outfit
•    Drugs Gangs operating in Oldham and Rochdale
•    Armed Robbery Gangs from the Salford area
•    In total the collective members of these gangs operate with a minimum of 600 plus full time hardened criminals

Some of the leading gangs are family based criminals that stretch back decades and are difficult to infiltrate as operations are always organized and carried out with low key effective methodologies where all gang members adhere strictly to a ridged and inflexible  omerta. Hence even if any suspected gang members are held by the Police they never talk – so without evidence and/or DNA the Greater Manchester Police have a nigh on impossible task of charging the suspected the criminals.

Here is a clip of an official report from GMP – quote – GMP has made tackling organised crime and terrorism one of its priorities for the next year despite major success in locking up major gangland figures and slashing gun crime since 2008. – more – But the supply of guns remains a concern for detectives. – more – There have been a number of gunshot deaths this year and only last month police found a mini-Uzi machine gun and 30 rounds of ammunition in a bag dumped by fleeing robbers in Salford. – more – One senior officer said: “It would be foolish to believe there aren’t more guns out there.” – more -The shooting dead of Indian student Anuj Bidve by Kiaran Stapleton made senior officers more determined to tackle organised crime. – more – The force’s most senior detective, Det Ch Supt Darren Shenton, expressed concern at criminals who are seeking to fill the ‘vacuum’ left by jailed gangsters such as Gooch leaders Colin Joyce and Lee Amos. They were locked up for life in 2009 after being convicted of a string of crimes including two murders. – more – He vowed to ‘identify, disrupt and dismantle those involved in organised crime in Greater Manchester’. – more –  When arrests and convictions are not possible, police in Salford are working with other agencies like the Inland Revenue to disrupt criminals and using the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to remove ill-gotten gains.

Manchester UK Criminal Gangs Circa 2012…


•    POCA – meaning – The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (c.29) (POCA) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which provides for civil recovery of the proceeds from crime and created the Assets Recovery Agency. – Attribution to

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