Vi­o­lent Al­ba­nian gang­sters taunt UK po­lice

‘Fal­con’ crim­i­nals mock Bri­tish jus­tice from jail as po­lice raise con­cerns over ris­ing tide of of­fences

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - By Charles Hy­mas HOME AF­FAIRS EDITOR

AL­BA­NIAN crim­i­nals are mock­ing Bri­tish jus­tice by mount­ing in­creas­ingly vi­o­lent bur­glar­ies and is­su­ing de­fi­ant so­cial me­dia posts from in­side jails.

The Daily Tele­graph has ob­tained Instagram im­ages from the pri­vate ac­counts of Fabion Kuci and Azem Da­jci, cur­rently in Worm­wood Scrubs jail for ag­gra­vated bur­glary dur­ing which they were caught with a gun and am­mu­ni­tion.

They are part of a wor­ry­ing new trend where Al­ba­nian gangs have turned to vi­o­lent raids on homes in the south of Eng­land to steal cash and jew­ellery, which is smug­gled back to Al­ba­nia to be fenced on the black mar­ket.

Po­lice in Lon­don, Kent and Sur­rey have is­sued “wanted” alerts for at least five Al­ba­nian crim­i­nals be­hind a string of ag­gra­vated bur­glar­ies. The vi­o­lent tac­tics are the trade­mark of so-called Al­ba­nian “Fal­con” gangs that have ter­rorised fam­i­lies in south­ern Europe but are now be­ing adopted in the UK.

Chief Insp Jim Cor­bett said: “These of­fend­ers have cal­lously robbed, stolen or bur­gled from com­mu­ni­ties, com­muters and tourists within Lon­don, of­ten us­ing vi­o­lence and weapons, for their own fi­nan­cial gain.”

THEY are known as the “Fal­cons” in Al­ba­nia where there is even a pop­u­lar com­edy show that has a ded­i­cated slot each week about their abil­ity to break into houses to steal goods.

Their tac­tics of vi­o­lent bur­glary, of­ten while their vic­tims are in, have ter­rorised home­own­ers in Italy and Spain but ap­pear to have now spread to the UK, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Fabion Kuci and Azem Da­jci are two such Fal­cons, cur­rently in Worm­wood Scrubs jail for ag­gra­vated bur­glary dur­ing which they were caught with a gun and am­mu­ni­tion.

Po­lice in Lon­don, Kent and Sur­rey have is­sued “wanted” alerts for at least five other Al­ba­nian crim­i­nals be­hind a string of ag­gra­vated bur­glar­ies across the south of Eng­land.

Bur­glars Kuci, nick­named Gucci, and Da­jci, nick­named Ziro, are mem­bers of the east Lon­don-based Hell­ba­ni­anz gang, which reg­u­larly posts im­ages of gang mem­bers pos­ing with sports cars, guns, drugs and wads of cash. The gang is thought to rule the east Lon­don co­caine trade with an iron fist. Po­lice sources say Hell­ba­ni­anz, whose motto is “We are God Of The Streets”, are also be­hind in­creas­ing gang vi­o­lence as they vie to leapfrog their ri­vals in turf wars.

Their brazen brand of vi­o­lence extends to prison from where, us­ing il­le­gally smug­gled in phones, Kuci and Da­jci have con­tin­ued to mock jus­tice by post­ing im­ages of them­selves on the pri­vate Instagram ac­count of the Hell­ba­ni­anz gang.

Seen by al­most 1,000 peo­ple, com­ments in­cluded “Free Ziro”, “You are the Gi­ant”, and: “Yes Yes like real bosses...”. Kuci was pre­vi­ously jailed for four and a half years at Maid­stone Crown Court for a bur­glary in which he and three oth­ers wear­ing bal­a­clavas tar­geted a fam­ily home in Chatham, Kent, in the early hours. The four-man gang armed with a sawn-off shot­gun and handgun beat the fa­ther of the fam­ily un­con­scious with a pis­tol stock be­fore mak­ing off in the man’s Jaguar.

The court was told the vic­tim could be heard cry­ing out in pain as his girl­friend and daugh­ters, aged three and five, cow­ered in a bed­room in the flat.

They are not the only Hell­ba­ni­anz who post from prison. Al­ba­nian Tris­ten As­llani, who is serv­ing a 25-year sen­tence for drugs and firearms of­fences, is pictured in jail do­ing the gang’s trade­mark salute where they mimic the horns of a bull with their fists.

He was ar­rested af­ter crash­ing a car containing a suit­case of co­caine into a shop in Crouch End, north Lon­don, af­ter be­ing pur­sued by po­lice. Of­fi­cers found 46lb (21kg) of co­caine.

Agron De­marku is pictured in his cell held aloft in ap­par­ent tri­umph by another in­mate. He was the ring­leader of a five-strong fam­ily gang jailed for a to­tal of 63 years for run­ning a £1.8 mil­lion chain of broth­els em­ploy­ing women as young as 16 traf­ficked to Bri­tain from Lithua­nia.

Lulzim Zefi, jailed for 12 years for smug­gling co­caine hid­den in­side car dash­boards, posted a smug selfie in a jail court­yard. The Min­istry of Jus­tice (MOJ) said it had been re­moved from so­cial me­dia. Marsel Meco, part of a four-man group jailed for 12 years for money laun­der­ing, has been pro­lific with post­ings on Instagram.

Al­ba­ni­ans have over­taken Poles as the big­gest for­eign crim­i­nal group in UK jails, de­spite a deal in 2013 that al­lowed them to be sent home to serve their sen­tences.

Sokol Kalani, who heads an Al­ba­nian state po­lice task force against bur­glars who op­er­ate in Europe, said there was a rise in re­quests from po­lice to help iden­tify and in­ves­ti­gate the crim­i­nals be­hind Fal­con-style bur­glar­ies in the UK. “Most of the re­quests we have are from Italy and Germany but lately we have re­ceived the same re­quests from the UK to iden­tify and ar­rest Al­ba­ni­ans who have been in­volved in bur­glar­ies to face jus­tice,” he said. Po­lice said the stolen goods were of­ten smug­gled to Al­ba­nia in lor­ries or vans to be sold on the black mar­ket.

Among those be­ing hunted by po­lice in the UK is Marjo Marku, 30, who is wanted for four bur­glar­ies and whose im­age has been re­leased with oth­ers in an at­tempt to elicit new leads.

Chief Insp Jim Cor­bett said: “These of­fend­ers have cal­lously robbed, stolen or bur­gled from com­mu­ni­ties, com­muters and tourists within Lon­don, of­ten us­ing vi­o­lence and weapons, for their own fi­nan­cial gain.”

The MOJ said it had seized il­licit mo­bile phones from jails and re­moved ac­counts af­ter be­ing alerted to them.

‘Most of the re­quests we have [for Al­ba­ni­ans] are from Italy and Germany but lately we have re­ceived the same re­quests from the UK’

Marsel Meco, with beard, pos­ing with another in­mate with the Hell­ba­ni­anz trade­mark salute. Above, an Al­ba­nian gang’s ill-got­ten gains

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