Serbia looks to North Yorkshire for help with eCrime

County Hall, the centre of North Yorkshire County Council's campus in Northallerton.
County Hall, the centre of North Yorkshire County Council's campus in Northallerton.
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Serbian officials have visited North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) for help tackling rogue traders and cybercrime.

The delegation toured the National Trading Standards eCrime Team’s digital evidence unit, hosted by NYCC, to see how the unit works with a view to tackling Serbia’s rising e-crime problems.

They took in some high-visibility cases and how the county’s trading standards officers handle and store evidence seized during investigations.

The visit is part of Serbia’s pre-accession to the European Union under a project to help prospective members coordinate legislative and regulatory processes before joining.

National eCrime coordinator Mike Andrews said: “We were delighted to welcome our Serbian counterparts and showcase the great work that’s done here in North Yorkshire. The visit was useful and constructive to everyone concerned.

“Nations around the world are experiencing a rising tide of e-crime and rogue trading. Serbia certainly is experiencing problems and wanted to come to North Yorkshire as a centre of best practice in the UK. We were delighted to be able to show them what we do here to tackle the issues and to share some of our high-profile successes.”