Liverpool emerges as UK's criminal gangs center
LONDON, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) has revealed that organised criminal gangs from Liverpool have risen to the top of the country's underworld and dominate the firearms and drugs-trade outside London, local media reported Sunday.
New intelligence from senior officers at the NCA said analysis shows Liverpool, the port city in northwestern England, has become the preeminent location for top-tier gangs sourcing high-volume importations of drugs and automatic weapons.
The Observer newspaper reported Sunday that more than 70 percent of all links to weapons examined led back to Liverpool and the north-west of England.
Senior NCA firearms officers said the city's geography, its demographics, history of serious organised crime, and the willingness of gang members to embrace the latest criminal innovations were behind its rise.
"You look at the consistent demographic of unemployment and deprived areas and how serious organised crime has evolved. If you did an assessment on how society has evolved with serious organised crime, Liverpool's gangs have probably been at the forefront," said Matt Perfect, the firearms threat lead for the NCA. Enditem