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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta lolurdny, November JO, 1971 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID IS Mafia looks to expansion (Concluded from Front Page) On his (rips to England for Corallo, Itkin made full reports of his activities to American of- ficials in London. He limited his criminal contacts to under- has-beens, not the real crime leaders in the country, and Corallo's numbers empire never came to be. As gambling clubs began to multiply in London in [be mid- dle 19fiOs, however, organized crime leaders began to send other representatives lo see bow best to take advantage of the situation. Dino Cellini, Meyer Lansky's casino expert, arrived in London and soon em- erged as the manager of the Colony Sporting Club, one of the posii casinos in London's West End. Cellini was ultimate- ly barred from England and the Colony closed down in 1988. But Lansky was able to secure in- Icres'ls in other London casinos by using less conspicuous front men (ban Cellini. Other organized crime lead- ers also worked hard to carve empires in England. A group led by Angelo Bruno, head of the Mafia in Philadelphia, flew to England in 1966. The group, according to Scotland Yard offi- cials, not only visited every gambling club in London but also stepped at big casinos in such other British cities as Bir- mingham, Manchester and Liverpool. PLKNTY 01' MONHY The purpose of the lour. Scot- land Yard said, was to deter- mine bow Mafia families not yet involved in England might. Lake advantage of the gambling boom The gangsters concluded there was plenty of money to be made not only by trying to get interests in the clubs but also by providing special ser- vices to clubs not controlled by Item. When they returned to the United Stales, the gangsters be- gan providing these services- organizing junkets to selected clubs in England, supplying credit information on American gamblers, and collecting debts owed to clubs by Americans. Bruno went into the junket busi- ness himself through fronts, as did Pinky Panarelli, Mafia chief in central Massachusetts, and some other men with known organized crime ties. The British government frowns on such junkets, in gamblers are flown in at j special rates on a group basis, but it tolerates tJiem because of the dollars they bring in. Besides its genuine customers, the Mafia also sometimes sends or crooked gam- blers, to try to clean out ca- sinos that don't subscribe lo its services By organized crime's ef- forts to expand its operations in England were so intense that an American official working as liaison with British authori- ties in London warned that "American gangsters could wind up owning this town." A THREAT The takeover has not happen- ed, although organized crime has established enough of a beachhead in England to pose a threat to tire country. The mob was not as successful in En- gland as its leaders had hoped for two reasons: In the late 1960s British au- thorities put the country's gam- bling industry under a gaming board. The board was given the authority to examine the own- ership, finances and policies of gambling casinos, the prime at- traction for organized crime, and to withhold licenses from casinos where irregularities were discovered. The same law that created the board gave au- thority to the British Home Of- fice to make regulations for (he gaming induslry lo correct abuses as they arose This action cut down the number of casinos in tire coun- try and made the climate in En- j gland less attractive for the i mob. But organized crime lead- ers, always an inventive bunch, have found ways to circumvent many of the regulations, includ- ing Ihe employment of respect- ed Britons as front men for their operations. LAW EFFICIENCY A second reason the invasion of England by American or- ganized crime has not been as successful as anticipated is the I efficiency of British law en- i foi-cemeni officials. At first i British authorities were ham- pered by a lack of knowledge of how American organized crime works. Many of them, for instance, harbored the mis- j conception that practically all U S. gangsters are of Italian de-; scent. In 1965. Meyer Lansky. one of the most powerful underworld I leaders, paid a visit to England and British authorities didn't learn that lie had been there until he was gone. But a short time later a group of men- most of them bearing Italian names arrived at London's Heathrow Airport and were im- mediately surrounded by immi- gration officials, who held them for several hours until they discovered that UK men were carpenters on their way to do some repair work on the U.S Embassy. But after a few such initial blunders, British authorities learned fast about organized crime from American law en- forcement agents dispatched to London for that purpose. Within a shorl time Scotland Yard offi- cials had achieved a high enough degree of expertise lo foil some extremely sophisti- cated orgaznied crime pro- jects. Reprinted with permission of McGraw-Hill Book Com pany, from the bock THE MAFIA IS NOT AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOY- ER by Nicholas Gage. Copy right (c) 1971 by Nicholas Gage. Snowmobiles dangerous carried out SALT LAKE CITY (API Of 400 persons who observed a shoplifter in action, 35 re- ported the theft, results of an eight-month survey by a Uni- versity of Utah professor showed. Psychology Prof. Don Ilarl- man conducted the study with a grant from the U.S. justice department. Using hidden cameras and students dressed as hippies, housewives and businessmen. Hartman observed 400 staged cases of shoplifting in several Salt Lake City stores. People who observed the shoplifting were interviewed as they left tire store. Mailman's study found: One of every 12 persons reported the theft: men report thefts more frequently than women: middle-aged persons report more frequently than young or older people. SITTING AND THINKING Twenty-one-year-old Jer- emy Krauss sits on one of the steel girders under the Golden Gate Bridge over 1he San Francisco Bay. Krauss spent almost Iwo hours on the span before being talked down by the Highway Patrol and Bridge employees. OTTAWA (CP) Most snow- mobiles currently on the market j have trouble turning, arc dan- gerously noisy and have unsuit- able lighting, says a report tabled in the Commons by Transport Minister Don .Jamie- son. Legislation is needed to make the machine safer. The report follows tests on 11 snowmobile makes carried out last winter in a gravel pit near here by Hovey and Associates Ltd., of Ottawa, a vehicle sys- tems engineering company. The firm, working for (he transport department, tested the braking and turning ability of the machines, noise levels, lighting suitability and how well they started in cold weather. General operation, the report says, also provided information on performance, fuel consump- tion, general durability and safety and maintenance needs. Although not included in I he report, interviews last winter illi drivers al the test site re- vealed that most of the ma- chines broke down at one time or another during the tests. The turning tests showed thai all the machines "slid along the direction of travel for quite some time" before they were able to make a sharp turn al intersections. "One machine, in fact, was quite incapable of negotiating the turn at all. and continued on in a straight line, even with the handlebars turned lo the maxi- mum amount. Joint oil spills plan WASHINGTON' ICP> A de-1 is still Iwing negotiated and tailed plan which sends Cana- i may not be signed for several dian and U.S. learns into joint j months, attack againsl oil spills and i The oil-spill plan, a copy of other sudden pollution in the which was obtained by The' Ca- Great Lakes has been prepared nadian Press, covers interna- and quietly put into effect, it tional waters in all of the Groat was learned here. j Lakes as well as the interna- The plan got its first try-out j tional section of the SI. Law- nearly three months ago. when rencc River, bunker fuel oil spilled into the HELPS CLT HED TAPE St. Clair River after two tank- j The plan is designed to help ers collided. Bui the existence I federal and Ontario agencies in of the plan and its impiementa-1 Canada and their fodeinl and lion were not publicized al the state counterparts in the U.S. time. j try to cut through red tape. It Informed sources said the j provides for immediate notifica- plan is intended to form part of tion. speedy action and final a much more complex agree- j clean-up when unexpected pollu- menl between Canada and the j tion by oil or other hazardous United States lo combat all material "constitutes a signifi- forms of pollution in the Great cant threat to the waters" of Lakes. That over-all agreement i both countries. "Many other machines were incapable of making the turn al speeds greater than 15 miles per hour." Noise levels for the 11 ma- chines ranged from 76 to 86 dec- ibels 50 feel from machines. Currenl legislation says noise levels are not allowed to exceed 83 decibels at that distance. Only three of Ihe snowmobiles tested aclually exceeded Ihe of- ficial noise level, but, the report says, tests by the National Re- search Council suggest that the level should be 7f> decibels at 50 feet. Such a level "is attainable and should be legislated for." ONLY ONE MACHINE CLOSE Only one of the tesled ma- chines was close lo the 75-deci- bel line. The report says noise from the machines can be harmful in two ways. It can damage the ears of snowmobilers and cause a "permancnl reduction in bear- ing capabilities." And it is "dangerous because it cui.s down to almost zero the i probability that the snowmobile 'operator will hear such things as a warning shout or a car j horn which might help him' avoid an accident." The report notes that noise' from snowmobiles has caused annoyance to people who do not own machines. Lighting tests showed thai i "considerable distance had to be covered in some cases be- tween the first sighting of head- lights or tail-lights" of parked cars and the puinl where outline of the car, including other lights, bumpers and body, become visible. DANGEROUS ON SI.OI'KS The report says driving snow- mobiles on slopes can cause safety problems. Climbing hills and coming down created no great problem "except that in extreme cases the brakes were not capable of stopping the snowrnobi'es on the stupe." Many of the machine.1; are poorly designed, the says. Hand controls are unsub- stantial, brake levels are too small to provide a good grip and throttles can become stuck. Windshields often interfere with handlebars and hand controls. Feet could become stuck in the machines, especially when they turned over, because of the design. Only one of the machines had a brake light to warn others the snowmobile was stopping. "It seems obvious thai a brake light is a the? report says. Britain adds rock LONDON Renter i Tbo House of Lords voted Thursday to expand Britain's diminished empire by adding a rock. The lords voted in principle to annex Rockall, a desolate North Atlan- tic islet 200 miles west of Scot- land's Outer Hebrides. Rockall is believed to be Ihe site of bifl nalural gas deposits. LOW COST HOME OWNERSHIP A Government Project Developed By Fransden Holdings Limited PHONE 327-7464 DAY 328-5106 NIGHT Down Payment on a 3 bedroom Down Payment on a 2 bedroom to Monthly Payments including taxes to Income Qualification Situated in Woolco district For more details phone above numbers BEFORE Y BUY CONVENIENT GMAC TERMS may easily bi arranged to suit practically any bodgtt. We're putting you to keep us in a way try harder! at MAIN GARAGE AND SHOWROOM 2nd Ave. and 8th Street S. Phone 327-3147 OK SUPERMARKET CAR LOT 2nd Ave. and 9th Street S. Phone 327-3148 ;