UK: rural gangland: Foreign drug and sex rings

daily mail via crusader rabbit oct 07

Foreign criminals are expanding into rural towns to exploit profits from drug dealing and people smuggling, an investigation revealed yesterday.

The highly-organised international gangs have penetrated seaside resorts and previously quiet towns and villages.

The gangs include Jamaican Yardies selling crack in Hereford, Albanians running prostitution rings in Hampshire and vicious Chinese Snakeheads smuggling cockle pickers into Britain to work in Morecambe.

The findings were made by respected journalist Rageh Omaar, for a series called Crime Invasion: Britain's New Underworld, which began last night on the satellite channel Virgin 1 TV.

Mr Omaar said: "Crime in the UK is changing and making the series has shown me that it is happening right underneath our noses."