Gangs: A Journey Into the Heart of the British Underworld by Tony Thompson

By Tony Thompson

Organised crime is now the country's 3rd greatest undefined. The variety of gangland murders, shootings and kidnappings, besides the degrees of drug trafficking, humans smuggling and funds laundering, have all skilled exceptional development. Multi million pound drug bargains and cruel turf wars have opened up from the interior towns and now have an effect on even the main rural groups. The daily influence of organised crime on our lives hasn't ever been greater.

In GANGS, award-winning writer Tony Thompson takes us on a gripping trip into the underworld. From Triad human traffickers in Dover and ecstasy issue vendors in Liverpool, to Albanian vice barons in London and gun-toting teenage crack buyers in Birmingham, GANGS unearths the interior tale of up to date organised crime.

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It is wrong to assume that Haken thought he was facing a jail term for his corruption. Historically, very few investigations into corruption ever went further than allowing an officer to resign or, at worst, be dismissed. Two officers had been convicted as a result of Operation Raindrop (which looked at the corrupt dealings between a criminal and police) in 1985 but were later freed on appeal and the convictions quashed. Prior to the Royal Commission there had been many inquiries into corruption, such as operations Casper, Casper 2, Seca and Asset.

And so the Royal Commission issued by the Governor, by letters patent under the public seal on 13 May 1994, appointed the Honourable James Roland Tomson Wood sole commissioner to make inquiry into, and report on, the operation of the NSW Police Service. Wood appointed as his senior legal counsel Gary Crooke QC who had vast experience at the Fitzgerald Inquiry (which investigated police corruption in Queensland). Although New South Wales was a very different situation, there would obviously be some lessons — both good and bad — from the Fitzgerald Inquiry that could be put to use in New South Wales.

As a young boy scout, Trevor suffered at the hands of his scoutmaster who molested him. While still a teenager, his father died. As a result, he felt that he was different from those around him, that he was an outsider, and it was a sensation he never liked. And so Haken joined the brotherhood of police and joined a way of life. When he broke the solidarity of his group, that life came to a bitter end. Oscar Wilde once said that the truth is rarely pure and never simple. It is a thought worth considering when looking at the life of Detective Sergeant Trevor Haken.

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