1,400 buys a new identity, a new passport and entry to the UK

PT       2003-01-12 
Thair Shaikh is able to buy a stolen passport, replace the photograph, and travel into Britain with a new identity - in just 48 hours
The instructions were simple. I was to go to a cafe, order a glass of hot, sweet mint tea and wait to be contacted by a man with a scar running down his face.
My destination was "Little Algiers", a small stretch of the Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park, north London, where scores of North African refugees live and work.
It is also, according to the security services, where Islamic militants and al-Qaeda sympathisers plot the overthrow of their governments - and terrorist attacks on Western targets, many using false British identities and passports.