Foreign Criminals Of The Day: The Counterfeit Casbah
In a story which BBC News Interactive so far seems to have ignored (perhaps they've been cowed by allegations of institutional racism in crime reporting), a motley pair of Algerian Ali Babas named Noureddine Hadadj and Rezki Bensayah have both been jailed for 30 months for running a veritable casbah of counterfeiting.
The soukers' specialty was churning out fake ID's for criminals and illegal immigrants. Any kind of fake ID, you name it, they made it: passports, utility bills, identity cards, national insurance cards and driving licences.
They were better equipped than Microsoft, running three laptops, two PC's, two scanners, six printers, a laminator, a card-reader and four printing machines to crank out - well, still in their factory the police found, inter alia, 50 counterfeit passports (British, French, Belgian, Portugese), 55 French national insurance cards, 1,941 blank UK national insurance cards, 66 UK driving licences and 57 other assorted European driving licences.
To top it all, they had forged an official stamp from the immigration department.
And for the record, Algeria has absolutely no connection whatsoever with the UK.