Archive for 2020

County lines gangs disguised drug couriers as nurses during coronavirus lockdown

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Liverpool drug lords operated a ‘click and collect’ service for cocaine and heroin, Mersyside police say

Criminal gangs have been dressing young drug mules as nurses and Deliveroo workers to deliver cocaine, heroin and illegally acquired prescription drugs during lockdown, according to a senior officer in charge of tackling county dealing at one of the UK’s biggest police forces.

Supt Andy O’Connor of Merseyside police said Liverpool drug lords forced to return home during lockdown were operating a “click and collect” service for couriers disguised as key workers to travel in and out of the region with drugs.

He said the looming recession coupled with high unemployment could make it easier for criminal groups to recruit vulnerable people and their families as lockdown is eased.

He said: “The majority of our crime groups had to come back into force, to come back to the Liverpool and Merseyside area. What you still had in the importing forces was the demand for class A drugs. In a way, what we saw was a ‘click and collect’ service for drugs.

“What we had, anecdotally, was people leaving the area to deliver drugs. People were dressed as key workers, we’ve got evidence to show there were people stop-checked purporting to be nurses or Deliveroo drivers. Crime groups are clever and ingenious. They still want to deliver their commodity, there’s still a significant amount of money to make.

County lines dealers have traditionally put couriers on coaches and trains to deliver drugs and money to smaller towns and cities, but with public transport usage reduced during lockdown, the gangs had to change tack, said O’Connor. Some young people were caught by British Transport Police on trains but others were transported by car, sometimes driven by their relatives.

O’Connor said: “If you are a clever crime group you force a woman to drive a car. Put yourself in the shoes of a crime group leader of a drug gang: use vulnerable women to move your drugs and cash. They don’t look like your stereotypical drug dealer wearing dark clothing, North Face coats, hoods up, baseball caps on. That sticks out like a sore thumb. If you force the mothers, the sisters, the grandmothers to do the drug dealing on their behalf, where there’s debts to be paid off, it’s an easy way to move drugs around the country.”

Young and vulnerable people from Merseyside had been picked up during lockdown as far away as Aberdeen in Scotland and on England’s south coast, he said. Activity increased as lockdown progressed. O’Connor’s force safeguarded two young people in relation to county lines in April, 27 in May and 38 in June. Seventy-four people were arrested during operations over the three months.

Curtailed imports pushed the price of cocaine up from £30,000-£35,000 to £45,000-£50,000 a kilo, he said. Rather than increasing the price at street level, dealers cut the drugs or switched to selling prescription drugs acquired illegally.

“We have seen a significant reduction in the quality and purity,” O’Connor said. “In certain locations outside of Merseyside we know because of lockdown they have been unable to get hold of class A and class B drugs, so some users have been resorting to prescription drugs.”

There are 97 active county lines operating from Merseyside, police figures show. After London, Merseyside’s drug gangs are the second biggest exploiters of young people, grooming children as young as 10, according to the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership.

It has launched a public information campaign warning people of the signs of criminal exploitation, how children are groomed by older dealers who buy them targeted gifts of clothes, food and bikes, making them feel indebted and part of the gang or “family”.

O’Connor said: “The people need to realise these people are grooming people the same way sex offenders are. They worm their way into people’s lives. ‘I’ll do you a favour,’ that sort of thing. Vulnerable people are being threatened with significant harm, either to themselves or family members. They will threaten to sexually assault family members.”

Once groomed, the children are sent away to other parts of the UK to sell their drugs, often hundreds of miles from home.

The likely recession could put more people at risk of county lines gangs, said O’Connor. “That’s why what we are doing with Eyes Open isn’t just trying to arrest the drug dealers, it’s helping the people who are being threatened, who are being forced to do this, to put these preventative measures in place. We want to give people different pathways and opportunities to help themselves.” Reported by Guardian




Marcelo recalls that Portugal has already supported the United Kingdom in difficult times

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

The President of the Republic said this Friday that the Portuguese have already supported the United Kingdom in difficult times when commenting on the British Government’s decision to exclude Portugal from the list of countries considered safe in relation to the covid-19 pandemic.

The United Kingdom, is our oldest ally, our relationship goes back many centuries and there is one thing that everyone knows: that in people’s lives, as in countries, sometimes they are at the top, sometimes they are in and when you’re on the bottom you need others. When you’re on top – or when you think you’re on top – sometimes you forget others” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

“There is always an occasion – it is a problem to wait – when we need the help of those who, at a certain moment, thought that they would be, forever, down,” added the President of the Republic before attending the premiere of a play theater in Almada , in the district of Setúbal.

The President of the Republic commented on the exclusion of Portugal from the list of 59 countries and territories considered safe by the British Government , which means that passengers from Portugal will have to comply with the 14 quarantine days imposed by the Boris Johnson executive due to the covid pandemic. -19.

“In Portugal we have very different situations in terms of the pandemic – that is why there is a state of calamity, a state of contingency and a state of alert – that should not be treated in the same way, because they are different. And these realities different, from our point of view, means that whoever looks at Portugal from outside has to look at different realities “, defended Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The head of state added that “the Algarve has numbers that, compared to some numbers from foreign countries – not to be identifying one in particular -, are flattering for the Algarve “.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also noted that Portugal did not establish any limitation or quarantine for those coming, or coming, from the United Kingdom, regardless of the numbers of the pandemic in the United Kingdom, being better or worse than the Portuguese numbers .

Asked about a possible change in the restrictions imposed by the British Government, the President of the Republic said that this is a “lesson in history”.

“I just say that this is a lesson in history. Our history has shown how sometimes the UK supported us when we were down, other times we supported the UK, even in complicated situations worldwide, when it was necessary to support. So there is no end to the story, there is no end to the story “, concluded Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa .


Weekly Crime Report ending 3rd July 2020

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Covid-19: Tax authorities seize 550 boxes of anti-flu medicine banned in Portugal

On 2nd July, the Tax and Customs Authority (AT) seized, through the Customs of Leixões, 550 boxes of anti-flu drugs (allegedly used as drugs for covid-19), the marketing of which is not authorised on the Portuguese market.

The drugs, according to a statement released by AT, were camouflaged in boxes presented as containing LED lamps, with origin declared as Hong Kong.

According to the same information, these are “anti-flu drugs marketed in the Chinese market, allegedly used as drugs for covid-19” and which, according to AT, “have repeatedly been the subject of illegal import attempts by other means, namely by post ”.

This inspection operation was carried out under the auspices of the World Customs Organization, having been carried out by the Customs of Leixões based on the risk analysis developed by AT.

The 550 seized medicine boxes contained 19,800 individual doses.

PSP detains 11 suspected drug traffickers in Portalegre

Eleven people, seven men and four women, were arrested by the PSP for crimes of drug trafficking and possession of prohibited weapons in the municipality of Portalegre, and the agents seized MDMA, ecstasy, hashish and liamba.

The operation on the 28th June, that fell within the scope of the investigation of drug trafficking crimes, commenced at 07:00 hrs in the morning and its results were announced during the morning by the District Command of Portalegre of the Public Security Police (PSP), in a statement.

After the operation was completed, the source of the district command of the PSP revealed to Lusa, in the late afternoon that the 11 people were detained, aged between 20 and 55 years.

The same source stated that “The individuals, all of whom live in the municipality of Portalegre, were arrested for crimes of drug trafficking and possession of prohibited weapons and were presented to the judicial authority on Tuesday 30th at 9.30 am.”

This police operation also “identified seven other individuals, of similar ages” to those of the detained, “and these were notified to appear before the Commission for the Deterrence of Drug Addiction in Portalegre, for being involved in drug use”, he added.

The operation, which is the result of “an investigation into drug trafficking that has been underway at the Criminal Investigation Squadron of the Comando de Portalegre since the end of last year”, involved “21 house searches and six vehicles,” reported by the same source.

“We have MDMA, ecstasy, hash and liamba”, as well as “a converted pistol”, that is, “a prohibited class A weapon”, and “ammunition of various calibres and some prohibited weapons, such as a brass knuckles and a butterfly knife”.

A light passenger vehicle, three motorcycles, several mobile phones, computers and scales and “other objects related to the narcotics trafficking activity” are also included in the seizure.

The operation mobilised “more than 60 policemen, assigned to the Criminal Investigation and Public Order of the Portalegre Command, with the reinforcement of the Special Police Unit and the District Commands of Évora, Santarém, Castelo Branco and Guarda, as well as kinotechnical binomials for the detection of narcotics,” summarized the PSP source.

Missing woman found by the PSP in a deserted location

A 63-year-old woman was rescued in a remote location in the Serra da Carregueira, Sintra

The 63-year-old woman, who had been missing, was rescued in a remote location in the Serra da Carregueira, Sintra, where she was found disoriented, unable to move, dehydrated and suffering from hypothermia.

According to the Public Security Police, the woman, resident of Telheiras, Lisbon, disappeared on June 21st.

On that day, the family members reported her disappearance after they realised that the woman was not in her room or answering her phone.

After several leads, the PSP were able to confirm that the victim was in the Serra da Carregueira area, in Sintra. Searches were initiated, along paths and in woods, in which the PSP policemen and the Firemen of the Corporación de Belas took part “, explains the PSP.

The woman was eventually located after 56 hours. She was in a deserted place, no longer able to move, disoriented, dehydrated and suffering from hypothermia.

The woman was transported to Hospital Fernando da Fonseca, in Amadora.

Fewer reported domestic violence crimes and homicides in the first quarter of 2020

Complaints of domestic violence to police authorities fell by almost 10% in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period in 2019, and femicides fell by 60% in the same period, according to official data released on the 25th June.

According to official statistics released by the Office of the Minister of State and the Presidency, the Public Security Police (PSP) and the National Republican Guard (GNR) received 6,347 domestic violence reports in the first three months of the year, down 9.1% than the 6,980 participations in the same period of 2019.

The number of homicides in the context of domestic violence also decreased significantly in the period under analysis, with the homicide of women having the greatest percentage drop in the comparison of the first quarter of 2020 against that of 2019, with a decrease of 60% (from 10 homicides to 4).

The quarter covered about 15 days of period of state of emergency due to the covid-19 pandemic, enacted in Portugal with effect from 19 March, and forcing the confinement, which led to the manifestation of fears of an escalation of crimes of domestic violence, something that data from the Government, police and organizations working in this area have not confirmed.

The numbers record five homicides in the first three months of the year, including in addition to the four women, the death of a man.

Regarding the total number of hospitalisations in the national support network for victims of domestic violence, there is no quarterly accounting of these data, this is only released biannually.

In regard to the number of aggressors imprisoned, there was an increase both in preventive detention (9.6% more, with 206 aggressors in prison), and in serving effective prison sentences (16.9% more, with 830 reclusive aggressors).

Coercion measures that enforce ‘a remova’l, recorded an increase of 29.5% (with 671 measures in force), with those involving electronic surveillance those registering the highest percentage increase, with a growth of 38.8% (with 526 measures in force).

From the point of view of the victims, there was an increase of 33.4% in the total of those requesting tele-assistance (the commonly called “panic button”), with an increase of 2,503 people covered in the first quarter of 2019 to 3,340 in the same period this year.

In regard to programs for domestic violence offenders, there was a decrease in the number of people covered in prison in 15.2% (from 33 to 28 people), but an increase in programs for aggressors in the community of 6.7% (from 1,273 to 1,358).

The total number of victims transported fell 28.1% (from 498 victims to 358). 26.4% fewer women (from 239 to 176) and 29.9% less children (from 241 to 169) were transported.

Coimbra PSP and Faculty of Psychology prevent police officers’ suicide when “leaving the force”

The District Command of the PSP of Coimbra, in partnership with the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Coimbra, today launched the Phasing-out Project, which prepares the police for the phase of “leaving work” and beginning retirement.

The objective is to carry out, in a accompanied manner, by psychology professionals, “the exit from the active life of the people who work in the force and who pass to the pre-retirement situation and who, due to the circumstances, are faced with a new reality” discloses the Coimbra Public Security Police.

The PSP recalls that “over the course of a few decades we have seen a progressive increase in the average life expectancy in the population, as well as in their functional capacity throughout the aging process”.

With this project, the Coimbra District Command recognizes that “it becomes essential for workers as they age to stimulate their mobility, independence and health”, stressing that it is “one of the most vehement recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) and recently “the same concern was expressed in the National Suicide Prevention Plan, by DGS and the Ministry of Health”.

Knowledge of the “measures that prepare for the transition between working life and retirement” is seen as fundamental by the PSP because “more than a change in the routine” of police officers in retirees or pre-retirees, “may constitute a psychosocial crisis and it is a concern of the National Directorate of PSP and the Command of Coimbra”.

The project, the Phasing-out Project, foresees to create a project for “planning for this period of life and it is fundamental for all citizens as continuity of planning for life, should be encouraged”.

Expectations regarding the exit of the asset, legal, institutional, financial and psychosocial framework, life cycle, professional identity and new projects are areas of intervention of the project. Topics such as health and self-care, building family and social relationships, as well as time management and quality of life are also addressed.

The project has the participation of the professors of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra, Margarida Pedroso Lima and Janes Santos Herdy, as well as the psychologists placed in the Coimbra’s Command of the PSP.

For the first session, policemen who are active and who were born in 1960, 1961 and 1962 were surveyed, and their participation is voluntary, confidential and anonymous.

An interesting overseas report:

Brazil – Internet banking fraud $ 30 million stolen

MP-RS (the Public Ministry of the State) discovered the scheme, but did not reveal which bank suffered the breach.

This is what an operation by the Public Ministry of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil revealed on the morning of Thursday, 25th June. The so-called ‘Operation Criptoshow’ carried out 13 search and seizure warrants related to the case today in the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre.

The MP-RS did not reveal who the affected industry or the defrauded bank was, but it did reveal how the attack worked, which will certainly be bad news for the security area of some financial institution soon.

According to the MP-RS, criminals first logged into Internet Banking from an account of a company based in Cachoeirinha, in the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre, and scheduled 11 wire transfers.

Then, by means of a “sophisticated technique” which the MP-RS does not give details of, they were able to make a transfer from the systems’ account of R $ 30 million to accounts created by fraudsters.

The money was then sent to six companies located in Porto Alegre, Cachoeirinha, São Paulo and Porto Velho, in Rondônia, on April 15th and 16th.

“It would be as if a corporate bank account had invaded another similar account to issue a debit order to the bank in favour of third parties”, describes the promoter Flávio Duarte, in what is the summary of a nightmare scene for any banking institution.

The investigations indicated that it is a criminal organization integrated by the master account holder of the Cachoeirinha company’s bank account, which commanded the transactions and, until recently, was part of the company that benefited with R $ 1 million in the scheme.

Recently, this company had a change in its corporate structure, adding a person with a standard of living ‘incompatible with the company’s operations’.

In parallel to the criminal investigation of the MP, the banking institution, which paid for the financial loss caused to its client, sought to determine the destination of the amounts subtracted.

In this context, he discovered that an exchange (broker that makes trading intermediation for the purchase and sale of virtual assets) was the recipient, on April 16, 2020, of R $ 11,080,000.00, intended for the acquisition of bitcoins, originating just of three of the five companies benefiting from electronic transfers.

On the previous day, another R $ 7,764,927.00, had already been transferred by two of the companies and returned in bitcoins, thus totalling R $ 18,844,927.00.

Prosecutor Flávio Duarte points out that it is difficult to locate the assets obtained from the crime that will be invested in crypto, since there is no institution in charge of carrying out or monitoring transactions.


Covid-19: EU reopens borders to 15 countries, USA and Brazil still excluded

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

European Union member states today decided to reopen the external borders as of Wednesday to 15 countries whose epidemiological situation of covid-19 they consider satisfactory, excluding countries such as the United States and Brazil from this list. .

The list of third countries to which it will be allowed to resume “non-essential” travel to Europe, which has been discussed over the past few days by the ambassadors of the 27 in Brussels and today formally adopted by written procedure by the Member States, includes Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China, but in the latter case subject to confirmation of reciprocity, that is, when the Asian country reopens its borders to the EU.

As expected, given the current epidemiological situation, countries such as the United States, Russia and India and Brazil have not yet received a ‘green light’, with all Portuguese-speaking African countries remaining on the list ( PALOP) and Timor-Leste.

For third countries that continue to be restricted, EU citizens and family members, long-term residents in the Union and their families and travellers with special functions or needs will be exempt from them.

In a statement, the Council points out that the list, drawn up on the basis of a series of criteria – and adopted today by a qualified majority – will be reviewed every two weeks and may be updated, with travel restrictions possibly being lifted in whole or in part or reintroduced to a specific third country included in the list if there are changes in its epidemiological situation.

“If the situation in a country worsens rapidly, rapid decision-making will be applied,” says the EU Council.

In order to draw up this list of countries to allow connections to be resumed to Europe, criteria were determined, such as the number of cases of contagion in the last 14 days, and per 100,000 inhabitants, being identical or below the EU average, there is a stabilization or reduction in the trend of new cases in this period compared to the previous 14 days, and the global response to the pandemic, taking into account aspects such as the tests carried out, containment measures, surveillance and treatments.

The Council points out that the principle of reciprocity must also be taken into account, “on a regular basis and on a case-by-case basis”. In this first list, the reopening of the borders to China is thus dependent on the reopening of China’s borders to EU citizens.

Portugal and Spain signal reopening of border on Wednesday

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Portugal and Spain will mark the reopening of their border, on Wednesday, with ceremonies at the highest level, in Badajoz and Elvas, with special political symbolism, bringing together the heads of state and government of the two Iberian countries.

The Portuguese-Spanish border was closed for three and a half months due to the covid-19 pandemic, with crossing points exclusively intended for the transport of goods and for cross-border workers.

Hours after the reopening, on Wednesday morning, the official ceremonies will take place, with the participation of the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, of the King of Spain, Felipe VI, of the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, and the head of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, first in Badajoz, and then in Elvas, in the district of Portalegre.

According to the program released today, at 9:30 am in Portugal (10:30 am in Spain) there will be a ceremony at the Archaeological Museum of Badajoz, in which the hymns of both countries will be performed and there will be a family photo. Fifteen minutes later, a similar ceremony will take place at the Castle of Elvas.

The Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, began by announcing the reopening of the borders with Portugal for June 22, an announcement to which the Portuguese Government reacted with surprise, and then it was agreed on July 1.


Thursday, June 25th, 2020


Most of the country will move on July 1 to a situation of alert due to the pandemic of covid-19, with the exception of the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon, announced today the Prime Minister.

At a press conference held at the end of the Council of Ministers meeting, António Costa said that most of the country will move from a calamity situation to an alert, while the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (AML) will move to a “contingency situation” (intermediate level) and 19 parishes of AML maintain the “situation of calamity”.

For most of the country, which will pass the alert situation at 00:00 on July 1, António Costa underlined that “it does not mean returning to pre-Covid normality”.

In view of the growth in the number of infected with covid-19 in municipalities in the metropolitan area of ​​Lisbon, the Government decided on special measures for 19 parishes, involving the municipalities of Amadora, Odivelas, Sintra, Loures and Lisbon.

These parishes maintain a situation of calamity, however, in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area  the state is lowered to a situation of contingency. The rest of the country moves to a situation of alert (the lowest of those established in the  Basic Law  of Civil Protection.. Generally speaking, mitigation measures will be in force to July 12.

The measures for 19 AML parishes (Freguesias) are:

– Civic duty of home confinement (remaining at home except for essential reasons)

– Banned fairs and marketplaces

– Gatherings limited to 5 people

– Reinforcement of surveillance of mandatory confinements by joint Civil Protection, Social Security and Community Health teams

– Healthy Neighbourhoods Programme (a programme to be coordinated by Helena Roseta).


Rest of the AML are those measure announced on 22nd June

These measures are in addition to those approved for the rest of the Metropolitan Area (which has “fallen” from a calamity to a contingency situation). Please see the SCP page here

– Closure of commercial establishments at 20h00 (except: in catering for meal service and take-away; super and hypermarkets (until 22h00); fuel supply; clinics, offices and vets; pharmacies; funeral homes; sports equipment

– Ban on selling alcohol at petrol stations

– Gatherings limited to 10 people


The decision was announced, this Thursday, by António Costa, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers.

The 19 parishes affected by the duty of confinement are six in the municipality of Amadora and four in Odivelas. In the municipality of Lisbon, the only parish is Santa Clara and, in the municipality of Loures, two parish unions are at stake: Sacavém and Prior Velho, and Camarate, Unhos and Apelação.

In Sintra, there are the parish unions of Queluz / Bela’s, Massamá / Monte Abraão, Cacém / São Marcos, Agualva / Mira Sintra, Algueirão / Mem Martins and the parish of Rio de Mouro.

In addition, there will be a strengthening of surveillance of mandatory confinements by joint Civil Protection, Social Security and Community Health teams.


In mainland Portugal as a whole (which will go from a situation of calamity to a situation of alert) the rules will be as follows:

– Mandatory confinement for patients and persons under active surveillance

– Rules on physical distance, mask use, occupancy, schedules and hygiene are maintained

– Gatherings limited to 20 people

– Prohibition of alcohol consumption on public roads.

– Fines of 100 to 500 euros (individuals) and of one thousand to five thousand euros (corporations).




Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Weekly Crime Prevention and Enforcement Report – 25th June 2020


El Pibe” investigation: 12 people have been charged with crimes of trafficking in human beings

The Central Department of Investigation and Criminal Action has brought charges against 12 people, charging them with crimes of human trafficking, criminal association, forgery of documents and money laundering, following an investigation by SEF, into a criminal network, who had been operating for several years in the Aveiro / Albergaria-a-Velha area and lived off the sexual exploitation of several Romanian women, who prostituted themselves on the public road.

As part of the “El Pibe” operation, which took place on June 4, 2019, when preventive detention was imposed on seven of the defendants, SEF carried out eight arrest warrants, carried out 12 house searches and 12 car searches, having seized six vehicles, as well as gold, jewellry, money and false documents, during the operation, searches were made to two money transfer agencies as well as a travel agency.

This group that operated in Portugal, and in other countries of the European Union, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the victims, coming from unstructured families, with low economic incomes and deficient self-esteem, with episodes of domestic violence and consumption of alcohol and narcotics.

The alleged victims, all women, did not engage in the practice of prostitution of their own free will, were allegedly forced to prostitute themselves and deprived of their human dignity. According to the prosecution, they were allegedly exploited and used to earn money, to pay debts and “commissions” imposed by the leader of the criminal association, providing large financial earnings (around 70 thousand euros / year) to the exploiters.

Foreigner subject of arrest warrant identified in Faro with 4-year-old son

The Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) have arrested a foreign citizen in Faro who was the subject of an extradition arrest warrant issued by Spain for the involvement of various crimes in the neighbouring country, some related to violent and serious crimes.

In a statement, SEF said that under the foreign citizen had been the subject “of a prison sentence of 4 ½ years for the crime of aggravated injuries which was suspended: a crime of domestic violence and prohibition of contact with the victim”.

The same source says, however, that the detainee was in Portugal accompanied by a child (4 years old), who had been “deprived of seeing his mother for approx. three months”.

Steps were taken by the Regional Directorate for the Algarve, with the collaboration of the Spanish authorities via the Castro Marim Police and Customs Cooperation Center and with the Faro Children and Youth Protection Commission, to locate the child who was returned to the parent who resides in Spain.

Elderly person “abandoned” at a bus stop in Viana was assisted by PSP

The CDU councillor in the Viana do Castelo Council, Cláudia Marinho, reported to the PSP the alleged “abandonment” of an elderly person in a wheelchair at a bus stop by a local Continuing Care Unit (UCC).

Cláudia Marinho stated to Lusa, “The situation of the elderly person, in a wheelchair, left next to the Areosa bus stop, around 11:00 am, was brought to my attention because of the fact that, due to the covid-19 pandemic, there is a reduction in public transport and that many buses do not have accessibility for people with reduced mobility”

Cláudia Marinho, social worker at the Family Service Office (GAF) in Viana do Castelo, told Lusa that when approaching the elderly person, she learned that he was waiting for transport to the district of Porto, to the city of Gondomar, where he is from.

“In conversation with him, I learned that he was admitted to a care home in Bella Vida, in Areosa. He said that he had signed a term of responsibility to leave the home and that he had been transported to the bus stop by a nurse. I called the unit, nobody answered and notified the PSP”, she specified.

According to Rui Conde of the PSP the man was taken to the police station and having been provided with food, at around 18:00 Social Security went there to transport him to his residence in Gondomar”.

Exploiting isolation: offenders and victims of online child sexual abuse during the covid-19 pandemic

Video calls with friends and family, social media interaction, online games, educational use: during the corona lockdown children’s lives promptly shifted even further from the real world into an online virtual one.

Sex offenders have found in this development a tempting opportunity to access a broader group of potential victims. The report published by Europol shines a light on the increased sharing of child sexual exploitation images online and how to confront this serious threat to children’s safety.

Download more details from EUROPOL here

Prime Minister announces more policemen in the streets and with more powers against illegal parties

The prime minister has announced that the government will pass legislation on Thursday that will allow police to reinforce their presence in the streets, with increased powers to prosecute organizers and participants in illegal parties.

This measure, which was advanced by António costa at a press conference, will be approved by the council of ministers today.

“We are going to approve a document that, providing for administrative offenses, will allow security forces to reinforce their presence on the street, but also the assessment of those who organize or participate in gatherings that are not allowed,” he declared.

“Within the framework of the entry into force of the new law decree, PSP and GNR will also reinforce their presence on the street, not only for the educational function they have exercised, but also to act in case of need”, stressed António Costa, having close the Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita.

I am not going to say at this point what the value of fines to apply, but we have as a reference not to exceed the limits that would require the intervention of a law of the Assembly of the Republic. This way, the measure would take longer to be adopted”, justified the executive’s leader.

Quarteira – Arrested for drug trafficking

Faro’s Territorial Command, through the Criminal Investigation Core (NIC) of Loulé, on June 20, arrested a 37-year-old man, for drug trafficking, in Quarteira.

The arrest was carried out in connection with a drug trafficking investigation, started a year ago, with the suspected suspect in trafficking between intermediaries who in turn made direct sale to consumers.

The action involved two home search warrants and three in vehicles that made it possible to seize the following material: 523 individual doses of MDMA; 32 doses of cocaine; two precision scales; a laptop computer; two mobile phones and 1010 euros in cash.

The operation was also reinforced by the Quarteira Territorial Sub-Detachment.

Loulé – Competition bicycle recovered

The Faro Territorial Command, through the Criminal Investigation Center (NIC) of Loulé, yesterday, June 23, recovered a professional bicycle and a spare wheel.

The bike was stolen in November 2018 in the Seixal area, and was recovered after a complaint that it was going to be sold in Loulé. The 37-year-old suspect was intercepted when he delivered the bike to the buyer in a street.

The bicycle has already participated in the “Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta” race, and is valued at 9000 euros. The wheel has a value of 800 euros and both items are part of the proceeds from the theft of sports equipment linked to cycling for a total value of 160 thousand euros.

The seller was constituted accused and the facts forwarded to the Seixal Judicial Court.




President speaks after the meeting with experts to assess the epidemiological situation of covid-19 in Portugal, at Infarmed.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

The President of the Republic stated today, in answer to questions from journalists, hat the situation in Portugal in the context of the covid-19 pandemic is “far from the pre-rupture or rupture scenarios” of the National Health Service (SNS), with a downward trend in the number of deaths.

At the end of the meeting with specialists to assess the epidemiological situation of covid-19 in Portugal, at Infarmed (Lisbon), the head of state explained that at “today’s long meeting there was, among others, a reflection on the results of the de-confinement carried out in three stages in the country”.

“The current reality shows that there has not been an increase in terms of trends of deaths, there is a relatively stable downward trend; with regard to hospitalized or intensive care patients, there has been a slight increase in recent days, in recent weeks, in a trend that is of stabilization of the decrease, far from the scenarios of pre-rupture or rupture as would happen in a scenario of doubling the number of those infected because of the de-confinements,” he argued.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also underlined that a comparative analysis was made with other countries, both in terms of the effects of the de-confinement and the number of tests performed.

“Portugal is in the group of five countries that have carried out the most tests per 100,000 inhabitants, which is not indifferent when comparing the number of infected”, he stressed.

The head of state pointed out that “there are countries that have a fifth, a fourth, or 60%” of the number of tests carried out in Portugal, “which have been increasing in these periods of de-confinement”.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa admitted that the complete effects of the de-confinement will only be visible “at the end of June, throughout July and perhaps in August”, recalling, nevertheless, that “it has been quite a while since the first de-confinement, at the beginning of May, a reasonable time in relation to the second, on May 18, and well over 14 days over the third, on June 1”.

“The predicted scenarios were many, some more positive, some less positive and some very worrying both in terms of deaths and pressure for the SNS,” he stressed.

In the analysis of the effects of the de-confinement in other European countries, it was found, according to the Head of State, that “practically all” have the rate of transmission of the virus ” either above 1 or below, but very close to 1″, and revealed that in Portugal this indicator (the R) is currently at 1.08.

The President of the Republic again stressed the importance of the “responsibility of each Portuguese” at this stage and recalled the “obvious concern that always preceded the measures taken, to safeguard life and health”.

“Looking at the evolution of the number of deaths, fortunately a favourable evolution, looking at the pressure on the SNS, until now without situations of stress or pre-stress”, he stressed.

The President of the Republic, Prime Minister and party leaders met today with experts to assess the epidemiological situation of covid-19 in Portugal, focusing on the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, where most new cases have emerged.

This was the ninth technical meeting held at Infarmed – National Authority for Medicines and Health Products, in Lisbon, at the Prime Minister’s initiative, to share information, and another meeting has already been scheduled for 15 days from now.




2019 crime reports shows slight increases in violent and overall crime compared to 2018

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Violent and serious crime rose 3% last year compared to 2018, with 14,398 violent crimes registered, 40 per day, according to data from the Annual Internal Security Reports which should be approved today.

According to the Annual Internal Security Report (RASI), which will be approved today by the Superior Council for Internal Security, there were more robberies on public roads, in shops, more kidnappings and kidnappings , more violations, more serious attacks and more carjackings (car thefts).

Crime in general has also risen, with more than 335,000 crimes recorded, up 0.7% (2,400) compared to 2018.

According to the report, thefts on public roads were the violent crimes that rose the most in 2019, with almost six thousand cases (627 more, + 11.8%).

Commercial robberies rose to 432 (29.8% more).

“Thefts in schools also went up: there were up by 32. Thefts, in different forms, added up to 75.9% of the total of serious and violent crimes. They have been decreasing since 2009”.

According to RASI, there were 661 serious attacks (82 more cases, + 14.2%) and last year there were 338 abductions and kidnappings up 65.

With regard to violations, 431 (+ 2.4%) were registered – this is the third consecutive year of increase in the numbers of this particular crime.

The crimes of voluntary homicide consummated in 2019 dropped to 89 (minus 21, -19.1%), still a higher value than 2016 (76) and 2017 (82), according to the report.

RASI also highlights the increase in juvenile delinquency (committed by young people between 12 and 16 years old). There are 1,568 records (more 86, + 5.8%), reversing the decrease of previous years.

As for domestic violence, the data indicate that it rose 11.4%, with 29,498 crimes registered in the category (plus 3015, + 11.4%).

Counterfeit-related crimes also increased considerably in 2019: 13,705 seizures (+ 45%), for a total of 1 million euros (+ 68%).

Computer fraud also rose, with 16,310 being reported last year (another 6,527, + 66.7%). There were 10,990 “other scams” (-4.7%).

The report also highlights an increase in simple assaults, with 23,279 registered last year (455 more, + 2%). Threat and coercion also: 15,136 (+ 5.1%).

RASI, quoted by the newspaper, also indicates that Castelo Branco (+ 20.7%), Portalegre (+ 10.5%), Faro (+ 8.3%) and Aveiro (+ 5.9%) are the districts to lead the rise of general crime.

It is also highlighted in the report that PSP, GNR, PJ, SEF and Maritime Police ended 2019 with 44,642 elements (45,522 in 2018). 1,284 policemen left and only 411 entered.

The 2019 Annual Homeland Security Report (RASI), a document in which crime statistics and police operational results are published, should have been released three months ago.

The Internal Security Law requires that RASI be sent to parliament by March 31, but the declaration of a state of emergency on the 18th of that month, because of the covid-19, led the prime minister’s office to request the suspension deadline.

At the beginning of the year, the Minister of Home Affairs said that preliminary data from RASI pointed to a further decline in violent crime in 2019.

In the RASI, an analysis and evaluation is carried out by the Superior Council for Internal Security – which includes, among others, all security forces and services, Armed Forces and respective supervisory ministers – and the strategic priorities for the following year are prepared.


Friday, June 19th, 2020



Estrada Nacional 268, which connects the municipalities of Vila do Bispo and Aljezur and passes through Carrapateira, is ” subject to traffic control by the GNR. A total of 316 operatives supported by 94 vehicles and 11 helicorters /aircraft are deployed.



At this time the number of deployments has increased to 274 including 68 GNR of whom 43 are GIPPS first response teams. Seven aircraft and 4 helicopters deployed.


Motor homes and “people in homes scattered on the line of fire” that broke out at 1255 hrs have been removed to Aldeia da Pedralva.
The information has just been provided by Vítor Vaz Pinto, district commander of Civil Protection of the Algarve.
According to Abel Gomes, second district commander, “25 to 30 people” were removed in a preventive manner from “scattered dwellings”.
The fire has two active fronts, none of which have terrestrial access.
The wind has been a difficulty in fighting the fire, foreseeing “gusts of 70 kilometers per hour”, said Vaz Pinto.


Currently there are 274 personnel supported by 80 vehicles and 11 aircraft/helicopters fighting the fire.
Photos from FB Albertina Moi and from SCP FB page by Veronica Moody (the more distant one about an hour ago from Espiche)
A number of people in the Lagos area will see smoke due to the wind direction but the fire location is a long way to the north west.

PLEASE ENSURE – EVERYONE TAKES STEPS to avoid inadvertently causing a fire.


A rural fire has broken out at 1255 hrs at the above location.
As at 1445 hrs a total of 111 personnel were engaged, plus 31 vehicles, two helicopters and two aircraft.
The location of the start of the fire is 37,161642 and -8.855628
The fire is a bush area some distance from properties. Civil protection state that here is no information that any properties are threatened.
The direction of the wind is moving the fire towards the north west boundary of Lagos municipality.
The wind in the area is around 26 knots
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