This event was the second of two witness seminars that explored issues relating to the policing and prosecution of smuggling and profiteering in the South West through the recollections of those closely involved.
There is a long history of piracy in the South West and it is an ever-changing form but typically it involves the smuggling of people and commodities such as the clandestine landing of people and drugs on local beaches and profiteering as with the Napoli.
A small panel of witnesses briefly introduced themselves and commented on their professional role and understanding of such events and their relevance. They were asked a number of questions to initiate discussion highlighting different perspectives and experiences.
The session was then thrown open to the invited audience for comment, further questions or brief relevant testimony to add to the discussion. The seminar was recorded and transcribed to add an important and valuable contribution to historical and broader academic debate contributing an important source for scholars and policy makers.
Speakers included regional policing, revenue and security experts.
The event was hosted in association with Dr Michael Kandiah, Co-director of the Institute of Contemporary British History Witness Seminar Programme, Kings College London.
We were grateful to Terra Firma Risk Management for providing essential advice and support to businesses, private individuals, governments and aid organisations worldwide.