Tuckers firm: a case study of British organised crime

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Windle, J. 2013. Tuckers firm: a case study of British organised crime. Trends in Organized Crime. 16 (4), pp. 382-396.
AuthorsWindle, J.
Abstract

This article provides a single case study of a British organised crime network
operational from the late-1980s to 1996. The network centred around three security firms
which spanned the ‘spectrum of legitimacy’ by legally providing security for licensed venues,
whilst taxing and protecting drug dealers, and/or selling drugs in the nightclubs they
protected. All three firms employed violence to prevent the encroachment of competitors and
extort licensed businesses. Debt collection services were also used as a front for extortion.
Actors were individually or collaboratively engaged in: the running of brothels and extortion
of sex workers, robbery of drug dealers, burglary, the importation of drugs, and unlawful
influence. At least three of the activities (robber, violence and unlawful influence) served a
dual purpose: (1) To achieve immediate and tangible goals, such as preventing the
encroachment of competing security firms, avoiding prosecution, and material gain; (2) To
achieve more distant and abstract goal of creating, maintaining or inflating violent
reputations.

JournalTrends in Organized Crime
Journal citation16 (4), pp. 382-396
ISSN1936-4830
1084-4791
Year2013
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12117-013-9201-9
Publication dates
Print15 May 2013
Publication process dates
Deposited16 Feb 2016
Copyright informationThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12117-013-9201-9
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