Brian Sims

National Crime Agency issues updated list of ancillary orders

THE NATIONAL Crime Agency (NCA) has released its latest list of restrictions imposed upon serious organised criminals, supporting the management of serious offenders. That list includes Serious Crime Prevention Orders, Financial Reporting Orders and Travel Restriction Orders.

The list of ancillary orders details the restrictions imposed by Courts of Law following convictions arising from NCA investigations. Seventeen orders previously not on the list have now been added.

Ancillary orders are issued to prevent and deter further serious crime. The orders impose controlled measures on either the movements, assets or activities of the recipients for a set period of time. If any of the individuals break their conditions they can be sent back to prison.

Examples of restrictions include limits on the number of mobile phones or computers that offenders can access, caps on the amount of cash they can carry and requirements to surrender passports and provide financial information at regular intervals.

The full list is published on the NCA’s website such that the public, businesses and law enforcement partners can check on an individual’s status and report any suspected breaches.

Partnership approach

The NCA rigorously manages these orders in a partnership approach with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and others and pursues enforcement action through the Crown Prosecution Service if individuals breach the terms.

Alison Abbott, head of lifetime management at the NCA, stated: “Many career criminals regard prison as an interruption which rarely marks the end of their involvement in organised crime. This is precisely why the NCA has a policy of Lifetime Management.”

Abbott continued: “Through the NCA’s Lifetime Management programme we use Serious Crime Prevention Orders, Travel Restriction Orders and Financial Reporting Orders as an extra layer of prevention. They ensure that we have these individuals on our radar, especially so after prison, and anything that suggests they’re slipping back into old ways can be detected very early on.”

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