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Patricia Gibson MP has slammed the Tories for failing to tackle serious and organised crime after a report revealed that a lack of UK government funding and resources is putting lives at risk from criminal gangs.

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report criticises the UK Government’s ability to tackle organised crime - including human and drugs trafficking, drug dealing and cyber-crime - and revealed that the Home Office does not fully understand why organised crime is on the rise or the threats it poses.

The report follows evidence sessions with senior Home Office figures and police departments, who praised the work being carried out in Scotland, stating that the Scottish Crime Campus works a lot better than the Regional Organised Crime Units in England and Wales.

One witness to the committee, Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Andy Cooke said:

“There are a lot of good things happening in Scotland that we should keep a very close eye on.”

Patricia commented:

"The UK Government’s own Serious and Organised Crime Strategy document states that serious and organised crime affects more UK citizens, more often, than any other national security threat and leads to more deaths in the UK each year than all other national security threats combined; yet the Tories continue to sit on their hands by failing to take the necessary steps to tackle it.

“It is vital that the National Crime Agency is properly funded so it can prevent and protect people up and down the country from violent and serious crimes carried out by dangerous criminal gangs.

“The Scottish National Party (SNP) Scottish Government is indeed doing good things in Scotland via their joined up approach with Police Scotland and I urge the UK government to follow suit.

“Serious and organised crime is on the rise but can be stopped if the Tories get their priorities straight.”

The report can be found here:

Serious and Organised Crime Strategy 2018:


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