Interpol and head of Britain's elite detective force under investigation

THE HEAD of the National Criminal Intelligence Service is to be investigated by a chief constable in the first inquiry of its kind.

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China issues arrest warrant for sect leader Arrest warrant issued for Falun Gong leader

CHINA ISSUED an arrest warrant yesterday for Li Hongzhi, the founder of the outlawed Falun Gong sect, who is living in New York with his wife and daughter.

Interpol's CD war on art bandits

AS FINE art collections go, the number of masterpieces is breathtaking - nearly 400 Picassos, 250 Chagalls and 140 Renoirs. But the priceless paintings are not on view. They are stolen - and they form part of a database of 14,000 works of art and antiques missing around the world.

A murdered black man, a suspect and a wall of silence

A BLACK man is murdered outside a London bar in front of hundreds of witnesses during a fight involving up to 20 people. There are hints that the notorious north London crime family, the Adamses, were in some way involved. Eighteen months on, no one has been convicted or even charged.

German police left parents in dark over dead Briton's fate

THE BODY of a British man lay unidentified in a German grave for five years because Interpol and police from two forces failed to make a connection between him and his missing person's file.

Murder `victim' turns up alive

A MAN from a wealthy Italian family who was thought to have been murdered nine years ago has been found living in London.

Young Briton is world's most wanted woman

FOR TWO years Lisa Smith has been on the run. Yesterday she achieved the dubious distinction, at the age of just 22, of being named alongside murderers and terrorists on Interpol's top ten most wanted list. Orders are that she is to be arrested on sight.

Waste dumped secretly on motorways turns Britain into dustbin of Europe

BRITAIN IS regarded as a "soft touch" by criminal gangs from Germany and Holland who are coming here to dump cocktails of toxic chemical waste, according to Interpol UK.

Animal smuggling is the most lucrative crime after drugs

THE illegal trafficking of exotic and endangered species is now the biggest international criminal activity after the drugs trade, according to Interpol.

Podium: Solving drug crime with intelligence

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Jets alert over key-ring gun

AN international security alert has been issued after a mini- gun disguised as a key ring was found being smuggled through Heathrow airport.

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Interpol joins hunt for rapist

The hunt for Britain's most wanted serial rapist has turned international. West Yorkshire Police have called in Interpol to help locate suspects in Australia, Holland, Gibraltar and France.
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