Dr Conor Patterson, chief executive of the Newry and Mourne Co-operative and Enterprise Agency at the defunct former customs clearance facility on the outskirts of Newry.  Photograph: Alan Betson

On the Border, there is no shortage of tall tales told about smuggling. From wartime reports of hiding butter in prams or sugar under skirts, to elab(...)

From left, Anthony Harbinson,  head of the OCTF in Northern Ireland, and Det Supt Bobby Singleton, PSNI.  Photograph:  Michael Cooper/ PA Wire

The absence of a Northern Executive is preventing the implementation of legislation that would allow the assets of criminals operating in Northern Ire(...)

Northern Ireland Minister for Justice Claire Sugden said  there had been successes  against gangs which comprise groups such the Ulster Volunteer Force (East Belfast mural above), the Ulster Defence Association, republican dissident groups and some eastern European gangs. File photograph: Getty Images

Close to 140 organised crime gangs, many of them with paramilitary connections, are now operating in Northern Ireland, according to the PSNI and North(...)