Video: A key member of ‘Britain’s No 1 crime family’ that replaced the Krays in London has been jailed for his role in a £1.5m drugs ring.

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Bekir Arif - nicknamed ‘The Duke’ - was sentenced to eleven-and-a half-years for conspiring to supply amphetiamines and a breach of a serious crime prevention order.

The 62 year-old Turkish Cypriot is part of a London-based crime mob who have been involved in armed robbery, contract killing and drug trafficking since the late 1960s. The Arif gang rose to prominence as they filled the vacuum left by the downfall of the Kray twins, along with the infamous Clerkenwell and Brindle families. In 2004 the Arifs were named as “Britain’s No 1 crime family”.


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