Fraud crackdown will be market-driven

Britain’s top crime fighters have been warned that their efforts to crackdown on drug and people trafficking, and on fraud, will be measured in market terms.

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Home secretary Charles Clarke has released letters to the chairman-designate of the Serious Organised Crime Agency Sir Stephen Lander and chief constables, which say that market forces should be used to judge their effectiveness instead of a series of mandatory targets.

This will be ‘in the form of evidence of upward pressure on the price of criminal goods and services, or in a reduction in their UK availability or quality, or in robust evidence that criminal group, whatever their business, are finding the UK a less attractive market.’

Clarke also appealed to Socca and the police chiefs to move to confiscate crime bosses’ ‘profits and assets’ and prosecute the leading players.

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