I think you'll find..
..the "very best cyberscrotes in Europe" most definitely aren't all eminating from the UK.
Firstly, it's too easy [for idiots like these] to get caught here compared to certain other countries.
Secondly, there are too many restraining factors including rubbish ISPs, poor provision of specialist education at good rates & also a huge population of egotistical bot theiving script kiddies claiming they're the bees knees of security.
Thirdly, in my own experience, the ratio of logical and intelligent "experts" within Britain is much lower compared to that of the quality of some folk around europe and indeed the world. As I said, my own experience only so I won't be citing that.
How anyone could say this crime, and these criminals, are amongst "the very best" [in their field] is beyond me.
Does no one take heed of security and the dark underbellies of the internet any more?