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WHIPS AND NAZI UNIFORM FOUND IN RAID ON SUSPECTED DEVON BROTHEL

Lee Mill, near Ivybridge. It will all be in the News of The World eventually. Just down the road from your blogger. Round the back of the local Tesco, allegedly. There’s some funny folk on the edge of Dartmoor! Local paper has pictures of the kit discovered: http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/Police-raid-suspected-brothel-South-Hams/article-1873114-detail/article.html

TRIAL OF THE LEONARDO PAINTING THIEVES

This is ongoing. Prosecution of a group from Ormskirk, Lancs and Scotland who are accused of stealing the Madonna of the Yarnwinder from Drumlanrigg Castle. There is more in the Liverpool press: http://tinyurl.com/yfr8njx

“RUSSIAN MAFIA” ABROAD NOW 300,000 STRONG, JOURNAL SAYS

A provocative piece with many figures in it and the sources for those figures also given. You could get a couple of Powerpoint slides out of this at least, colleagues!Full text, in Russian, of original article here; http://versia.ru/articles/2010/mar/01/russkaja_mafija

EX-COUNCILOR GUILTY OF LAUNDERING DRUGS CASH

Another one of those stories I’d like to know a bit more about. This being the Torygraph, the angle is that he used to be a Labour councillor in Preston, but no mention of his employment in the piece.

DRUG GANGS TAKING OVER US PUBLIC LANDS

Hmmmm. I dont suppose organised crime respects the right to roam, eh? Its the crude explosives that worry me. Mexican drug gangs moving into marijuana cultivation off the beaten track in the US

THE THREAT LEVEL RISES FROM DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN GROUPS

Useful piece from Irish Times on the paramilitary groups that have emerged on the Republican side after the peace process. Strong hint that former IRA members are disenchanted and giving technological support to the new organisations

LEADER OF ETA DETAINED IN FRANCE

Article from El Pais [in Spanish, of course] on the three men detained and their alleged history in ETA. English accounts beginning to appear: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8541422.stm

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