"Undercover Film Exposes 'Fagin School' Teaching Bulgarians to Pick Pockets" - Ian Gallagher - London Daily Mail

"Undercover Film Exposes 'Fagin School' Teaching Bulgarians to Pick Pockets" - Ian Gallagher - London Daily Mail

"Video shows 'Golden Hands,' a renowned pickpocketing expert; the 77-year-old has schooled hundreds of children in the art of theft; she says many of her pupils are on their way to Britainl

by: Ian Gallagher | publication date: November 30, 2013 | Publication: London Daily Mail |

 "The Kardarashi lead ordered, comfortable lives and compared with other Roma groups they enjoy a high standard of living. They choose to live in the suburbs of Stara Zagora, rather than more ramshackle settlements in the city centre.

 

" . . . Even by Roma standards, the clan is particularly insular and conservative. Disputs are always settled internally by a strictly hierarchical leadership and there is little interaction with mainstream authority. The police simply leave them alone.

 

" 'Yes, we train our children to pick pockets but we educate them properly too and want them to get good jobs. Pickpocketing is just part of our heritage. . . . " 

To gain access to the secret world of these Bulgarian pickpockets, the Daily Mail on Sunday sent a team to Stara Zagora "posing as London criminals seeking to establish links with Roma groups ahead of January 1, when the UK border controls lapse."

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