Underworld: Behind the Scenes of the NCA is a new podcast series which unearths the murky world of dangerous offenders across the UK and around the world, lifting the lid on the most notorious crimes solved by the National Crime Agency. The first of its kind, each episode covers a different covert operation the NCA has been involved in over the last decade, with fascinating unheard accounts from those who fight crime in the shadows. Host, Investigative Journalist Ellie Flynn, discusses the cases with those involved, from Senior Investigative Officers to partners from global forces. For the first time the agency is inviting the public to hear first-hand how NCA officers have used their world-leading intelligence capabilities to bring some of the country’s most dangerous criminals to justice.
33:09When police forces need help with an investigation, they call in The Specialists from the NCA’s Major Crime Investigative Support team. MCIS officers have supported UK policing on the majority of high profile serious investigations in the last ten years. This final, fascinating episode looks back at some of those cases, the people who worked on the operations and the tactics which have helped them catch the worst of the UK’s offenders.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Travel Agent
37:24This episode focuses on Mohammed Mokter Hossain, who ran a sophisticated people smuggling network bringing people into the UK from his home in East London. For a fee, he could also arrange for you to leave the country in the back of a lorry, which is ideal if you’re wanted for murder or child abuse offences, as two of his customers were. The Travel Agent looks at how Hossain’s million-pound criminal empire was brought crashing down by an undercover NCA operation.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
32:55The NCA works with law enforcement agencies across the world to track down fugitives on the run and return them to the UK to face justice. In this episode, we’ll hear from an NCA team working on the ground in Spain to capture British criminals, plus success stories from the agency’s Most Wanted campaign run in conjunction with Crimestoppers, the Spanish authorities and UK policing.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sunshine and Lollipops
36:17How exactly was a gang ringleader caught and jailed after more than £100 million in dirty cash was smuggled into Dubai? Money laundering is one of the biggest threats to UK security, allowing dangerous, organised crime groups to fund their illegal operations and commit more crime. Sunshine and Lollipops investigates how NCA officers and financial investigators hunted and caught Abdullah Alfalasi and his ring of conspirators. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
38:40If you’re a murderer on the run, or an international drug trafficker wanting to stay under the radar as you travel, a most prized possession will be your fraudulent passport. In The Golden Ticket, we learn about how NCA officers dismantled a crime group supplying fraudulently-obtained genuine passports, enabling dangerous criminals to operate and evade capture. This incredible episode highlights how the NCA used secret recording devices, undercover officers, and a masterful covert baggage search at Heathrow to collect one criminal’s DNA. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31:17Gun Runners goes behind the scenes of an NCA covert operation which stopped Britain’s biggest ever haul of military grade automatic weapons being smuggled by boat up the River Medway in Kent. The NCA’s covert operations to capture those attempting to smuggle weapons into the UK has seen criminals sentenced to over 488 years in prison in the last two years alone. In this episode we hear from the surveillance and firearms officers who were on the ground when members of an organised crime gang were arrested — including the mastermind of the operation Harry Shilling.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Rapsheet From Hell
39:21The second episode - Rap Sheet from Hell - unearths the horrifying details of one of the most prolific child sexual abuse offenders the NCA has ever investigated – Matthew Falder. Sadly, there are more than 830,000 adult offenders in the UK, using ever-more-sophisticated digital tools in an attempt to remain anonymous. Host Ellie Flynn speaks with psychologists, the Crown Prosecution Service and the NCA officers who caught Falder after years of evading capture to show the lengths teams went to to catch such a horrific offender. Reporting child sexual abuse If you are concerned that a child is at immediate risk of harm, call 999. Concerns of child sexual abuse should be reported to Police by calling 101. Under 18 year olds can also report online sexual abuse or grooming to the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Safety Centre: www.ceop.police.uk Support services Under 18 year olds can talk to Childline confidentially, at any time, by calling 0800 1111 or chat online to a counsellor by visiting www.childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline/ Adults who experienced sexual abuse as child and would like to talk to someone about it can contact the National Association for People Abused in Childhood on 0808 801 0331 or by visiting https://napac.org.uk Survivors UK runs the National Male Survivors Online Helpline – a webchat and SMS service for men, boys and non-binary people who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives. www.survivorsuk.org/ways-we-can-help/ If you are concerned about your own sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviour towards children, speak in confidence to Stop It Now by visiting www.stopitnow.org.uk or contacting their confidential helpline on 0808 1000 900 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Crime Lord
40:19Underworld’s first episode delves into the life and crimes of Robert Dawes, a dangerous international criminal kingpin, who used violence and corrupt officials to traffick huge shipments of drugs from South America to Europe and the UK. Illegal drugs blight communities across the UK, with 160 tonnes of cocaine and heroin consumed there each year. Hear the fascinating story of how Dawes was finally arrested and jailed after an NCA investigation involving law enforcement partners across the globe worked ot dismantle and demolish drug trafficking groups.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.