Illegal cigarettes worth thousands found in raids

Illegal cigarettes worth thousands and vehicles linked to criminal gangs have been seized, following police raids across Southampton and Bedford. Specialist officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), in collaboration with Hampshire Constabulary and Bedfordshire Police, assisted in a dedicated operation aimed at tackling the sale of illegal cigarettes and tobacco....

Bedfordshire man charged with immigration offences

Following a South East Regional Organised Crime Unit investigation, a man has been charged with immigration offences. Mustafa Mustafa, aged 31, of Wendover Road, Bedford was charged with conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration on 28 November in connection with the arrangement and movement of non-EU migrants from Belgium. Mustafa appeared at Luton Magistrates Court...

Cyber-crime site selling hacking tool taken down following international operation

A website which sold a hacking tool purchased by cyber criminals in 124 countries and gave full remote control of victims’ computers has been taken down following an international investigation. 14,500 people across the world purchased the Imminent Monitor Remote Access Trojan (IM RAT) from https://imminentmethods.net for as little as US$25. Once covertly installed...

Warning on dangers of online Christmas fraudsters

Size matters… especially when it comes to passwords! That’s the message from specialist cyber crime officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). Many people will already be thinking ahead to Black Friday and Cyber Monday in order to get the best online bargains before Christmas. But shoppers need to beware of...

Berkshire man jailed for child sexual offences

A man has been sentenced to prison for child sexual offences following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). Gareth Richards, aged 30, from St Michaels Road, Reading, was sentenced to a total of four years’ imprisonment at Winchester Crown Court on Friday (18/10). He pleaded guilty at the same...

Three arrested across Southampton after police drugs operation

Specialist police officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and Hampshire Police arrested three men yesterday (1/10) in a dedicated operation aimed at tackling drug dealing in Southampton. Following a series of warrants simultaneously executed across the city, officers targeted a number of addresses in Tatwin Crescent; Nettlestone in Netley Abbey;...

Three arrested following operation at HMP Coldingley

Three men were arrested last week following a multi-agency operation by SEROCU, Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) and Surrey Police. The operation, which took place at HMP Coldingley in Bisley, was co-ordinated by SEROCU’s Regional Disruption team in support of the HMPPS crime reduction initiative, which is aimed at maximising the opportunities...