‘Make their lives a misery’: Crime Agency crack down on notorious Manchester street gangs

By Tim Hyde

Organised criminals are being targeted in a new crackdown by the National Crime Agency and the likes of the Gooch Street Gang who have caused years of mayhem across Manchester are prime targets.

The gang have been highlighted as a priority problem that the new Regional Organised Crime Agency will tackle head-on.

The NCA regional team will help bring together local police forces, wider law enforcement and local authorities to help prevent criminal offences.

Gordon Meldrum, Director of the Organised Crime Command, said: “I want to disrupt these people 24 hours a day, seven days a week and make their lives a misery.

“They will feel more visible to law enforcement and undergo relentless pressure from us.

“The UK must become a more hostile environment for organised criminals and that means disrupting their day-to-day lives.”

The programme targets high-level gangsters dealing in firearms, people-trafficking and organised theft and burglary.

By combining all of the laws assets, the NCA hope they can significantly cut down organised crime in areas such as Manchester.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Serious and organised criminals do not respect police force boundaries.

“The level of seriousness and complexity of their criminality is often at a scale which is beyond the capabilities of individual local forces.

“The new National Crime Agency’s Organised Crime Coordinators will work alongside those forces to disrupt those large-scale organised crime networks.”

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