February 10, 2004

BBC NEWS: FBI-style unit 'will be ruthless':

"An elite new agency set up to tackle organised crime must be 'ruthless', the prime minister has said.

Tony Blair hinted the burden of proof in organised crime cases may need to be lowered so that it is easier for police to secure convictions.
Mr Blair was speaking at the launch of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) which will combat crimes like people smuggling and drug trafficking.

The crime-fighting force has been dubbed Britain's FBI.

Visiting the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit in London's Docklands on Monday, the prime minister said: 'We're not going to beat organised crime if we simply work in the way we worked 15 or 20 years ago.'

'We've got to be hard, efficient and, if necessary, ruthless.' "


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