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  • Pilot Arrested With Knives At Heathrow
    Pilot Arrested With Knives At Heathrow Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    A pilot who was due to fly more than 250 passengers from London to Hong Kong has been arrested for allegedly carrying a knife. The pilot with Cathay Pacific, who is thought to be 61, was held around an hour before his Boeing 777 was due to take off from Heathrow on Saturday evening. The pilot was taken to a local police station and was later bailed until next month. A Met Police spokesman said: "On Saturday at around 9.10pm police at Heathrow Airport were called to a staff search area after a search of a member of flight crew, for a flight later that night, found them in possession of some knives. More »

  • South Korea police clash with protesters over ferry disaster
    South Korea police clash with protesters over ferry disaster Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    By James Pearson and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police clashed with thousands of protesters, blocking their way to the presidential palace, where they hoped to demand a more vigorous government response to a ferry disaster that claimed more than 300 lives a year ago. About 13,000 police and 470 police buses were deployed in the area around Seoul's main ceremonial thoroughfare and 100 protesters were arrested, an official of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said. A fire department official said nine protesters and three police were taken to hospital while three protesters received first aid at the site. More »

  • Hatton Garden robbery: 'Inside agent' likely involved in £200m heis …
    Hatton Garden robbery: 'Inside agent' likely involved in £200m heis … Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    An "inside agent" may have been involved in the audacious jewel and cash heist at a safety deposit vault in central London, a former armed robbery detective said on 13 April. Thieves used heavy cutting equipment to get into the vault at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit between 2 and 5 April, breaking into 60 to 70 boxes. London's Metropolitan Police said. Jim Dixie, a former detective for the Metropolitan Police's armed robbery and other armed crime unit, known as the Flying Squad, said he believed the criminals received help to break into the vault. More »

  • Man Arrested Over Syrian Preacher's Murder
    Man Arrested Over Syrian Preacher's Murder Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani, who was shot dead in northwest London. The 46-year-old suspect was arrested on Sunday evening in Brent, the Metropolitan Police said. He remains in custody at a central London police station. Mr Arwani -  a critic of the Bashar al Assad regime -  was found in his Volkswagen Passat in Wembley with gunshot wounds on 7 April. More »

  • Jewel Heist: Victims' Anger As Alarm Ignored
    Jewel Heist: Victims' Anger As Alarm Ignored Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The Metropolitan Police has come under fire after it emerged officers initially failed to go to the scene of the Hatton Garden jewel heist despite a burglar alarm going off. A security firm had contacted the force about an intruder alert at the safe deposit company shortly after midnight on Good Friday. More »

  • Ex-Met Chief Investigated Over Lawrence Claims
    Ex-Met Chief Investigated Over Lawrence Claims Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Former Metropolitan Police chief Lord Stevens is being investigated over claims he failed to disclose information to the Macpherson inquiry into the Stephen Lawrence murder probe. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmed it was investigating the peer following a referral from the London force. The probe was launched by the watchdog after a complaint by the murdered teenager’s father Neville Lawrence last October. The Met said the complaint was in relation to Lord Stevens' role when he was deputy commissioner and disclosure to the Macpherson Inquiry 17 years ago. More »

  • Hatton Garden robbery: Detective chief inspector Paul Johnson explains what …
    Hatton Garden robbery: Detective chief inspector Paul Johnson explains what … Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    British police investigating the burglary of up to 70 safe deposit boxes from London's jewellery business district have given more details on 9 April of how the thieves managed to make off with valuables estimated to be worth up to £200m ($300m). London's Metropolitan Police said there was no sign of forced entry from outside the building over the Easter weekend. Instead, there was evidence the thieves disabled the lift to access the lift shaft, which took them to the basement were the safe deposit boxes were located. "They forced open shutter doors into the basement where Hatton Garden Safe Deposit is based and then made their way to the vault area. More »

  • Raided vault alarm response probed
    Raided vault alarm response probed Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    The Metropolitan Police has refused to confirm whether it attended the activation of an alarm at a Hatton Garden safety deposit vault that was raided over the Easter weekend. More »

  • Jewellery Heist: Gems 'Already Out Of Country'
    Jewellery Heist: Gems 'Already Out Of Country' Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Gems stolen in one of the largest and most daring jewellery heists ever will already be out of the country, a former Flying Squad chief believes. Jewellery and precious stones, which could be worth millions of pounds, were snatched by thieves from a vault in Hatton Garden, London, over the weekend. A statement from the Metropolitan Police said heavy cutting equipment was then used get into a vault at the premises, where 60 to 70 safe boxes were raided. More »

  • UK police seek gang behind '200 million pound' heist
    UK police seek gang behind '200 million pound' heist Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - British police were hunting for a gang on Wednesday who raided safety deposit boxes in London's major jewellery business district, making off with cash and gems in what local media said could be the country's biggest-ever heist. London's Metropolitan Police said the thieves used heavy cutting equipment to get into the vault at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd, where they are believed to have broken into 60 to 70 boxes. According to the Sun newspaper, the gang are thought to have tunnelled their way in through one wall to access a lift shaft at the building on Friday, while businesses in Hatton Garden, home to almost 300 diamond, gold and gem dealers and more than 50 shops, were closed for the Easter holidays. "Robbery at one of the biggest safe deposits in Hatton Garden over the Easter weekend," London gemologist Thelma West wrote on Twitter. More »

  • Safe Deposit Boxes Raided In Jewellery Quarter
    Safe Deposit Boxes Raided In Jewellery Quarter Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Up to 300 safe deposit boxes have been broken into at a central London vault over the Easter weekend. A statement from the Metropolitan Police said heavy cutting equipment had been used to get into a vault at the premises in Hatton Garden. Officers from the Flying Squad are currently at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit as the investigation continues. Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: "I'm told that there are 600 boxes on the premises, 300 of which have been raided. More »

  • Assad: Turkey Helping IS Fighters Enter Syria
    Assad: Turkey Helping IS Fighters Enter Syria Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Jihadists who travel to Syria to join Islamic State are being "logistically and militarily" supported by Turkey on a daily basis, according to Bashar al Assad. The Syrian president has accused his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of ignoring would-be terrorists as they attempt to cross the border between the two nations. As many as 500 Britons are thought to have made their way to Syria to join the ranks of Islamic State – including three teenage girls from east London, who are now believed to be in the city of Raqqa, an IS stronghold. Despite this, several terror suspects have been successfully captured in Turkey before they have managed to cross the border, including three teenage boys, who have since been arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of terrorism offences. More »

  • UK police investigate death threat against BBC chief over Clarkson sacking
    UK police investigate death threat against BBC chief over Clarkson sacking Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Police in Britain said on Sunday they were investigating a death threat against Tony Hall, the director general of the BBC, made on the day he dropped celebrity TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson from the "Top Gear" motoring show. London's Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement it was looking into "an allegation of threats to kill," against Hall which was reported on March 25, the day Hall announced Clarkson would not return to the show. The police did not say if there was a connection between the death threats and the Clarkson case. The Mail on Sunday newspaper published photographs which it said showed Hall, 64, and his wife had been placed under round-the-clock protection at their home by a team of elite bodyguards in response to the death threat. More »

  • VIP Child Abuse: New Police Corruption Claims
    VIP Child Abuse: New Police Corruption Claims Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Three further claims of police corruption are being investigated where officers are accused of protecting VIP child abusers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed they are now overseeing investigations into 17 allegations of police misconduct between the 1970s and 2000s. One of the new claims alleges the Metropolitan Police in central London had gathered "evidence against MPs, judges, media entertainers, police, actors, clergy and others", the IPCC confirmed. The IPCC is also considering six further referrals from the Metropolitan Police relating to "similar matters". More »

  • Police watchdog to investigate more claims of child abuse cover-ups Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Britain's police watchdog said on Friday it was investigating an allegation a senior Scotland Yard figure ordered officers to drop an inquiry into child sex abuse which involved Members of Parliament, judges, media figures, actors and clergy. The allegation is one of three new claims being examined by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which earlier this month revealed it would look into 14 cases where police were accused of suppressing evidence and halting paedophile inquiries because they involved MPs and police officers. "Two months later an officer was called in by a senior MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) officer and told to drop the case," the IPCC said in a statement. The other two new allegations both related to police action during another abuse inquiry during the 1980s. More »

  • Father of slain U.S. blogger says no progress in Bangladesh probe Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - The father of a U.S. blogger who was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh complained on Thursday about the lack of a breakthrough in the month since the killing. Bangladeshi-born Avijit Roy was murdered on Feb. 26 outside a book fair in the capital Dhaka. His father Ajoy Roy, who met police earlier this week, told reporters on Thursday that "apparently no progress has been achieved". Media group Reporters Without Borders rated Bangladesh 146th among 180 countries in a ranking of press freedom last year. More »

  • Paris Metro Chelsea Fans Fight Banning Orders
    Paris Metro Chelsea Fans Fight Banning Orders Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Five Chelsea fans suspected of involvement in a black man being prevented from boarding a Paris train will fight bids to impose football banning orders, a court has heard. The five men the Metropolitan Police want football banning orders imposed on for their alleged roles in the incident attended Waltham Forest Magistrates' Court in north east London for a preliminary hearing. More »

  • Armed Officers Cleared Over Mark Duggan Death
    Armed Officers Cleared Over Mark Duggan Death Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The armed officers were cleared by the police watchdog - the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) - following a three-and-a-half year investigation. It found a lack of audio or video material made it impossible to know with certainty exactly what happened when Mark Duggan died in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011. Violence and looting broke out across London, Birmingham, Manchester and other cities after 29-year-old Mr Duggan was shot. The shooting happened after Metropolitan Police firearms officers brought the mini-cab in which he was travelling to a halt. More »

  • London police arrest six after synagogue attack Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    British police arrested four men and two women after they tried to force their way into a synagogue in Stamford Hill in north London in the early hours of Sunday morning. "The incident is being treated as an anti-Semitic incident, due to remarks made by one of the group," London's Metropolitan police said in a statement. Stamford Hill is home to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities in Europe, with about 30,000 Hasidic Jews living in the area. More »

  • Missing Girl At Centre Of Police Search Found
    Missing Girl At Centre Of Police Search Found Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    A young girl who went missing from her Sussex home, prompting a police appeal, has been found. Jasmine Coleman, 12, had last been seen in her bedroom at her home in Lancing, West Sussex, around 11.30pm, possibly talking to someone on FaceTime. A Sussex Police spokesman said that she was found in the Croydon area on Saturday afternoon. There have been no arrests but police said Jasmine was talking with officers from the Metropolitan Police and had not yet been reunited with her parents. More »

  • London's police make crime pay with grim exhibition Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) - Visitors to Britain's capital with a penchant for the macabre will have something new to investigate when the Metropolitan Police displays objects from some of its most notorious crimes at the Museum of London. Items on show include gloves used by serial killer John George Haigh, dubbed the "acid bath murderer" for dissolving his victims' bodies in sulphuric acid, as well as masks worn by the Stratton brothers. Alfred and Albert Stratton were the first people in Britain to be convicted of murder using fingerprint evidence. They were executed in 1905 and the exhibition also features a selection of ropes used for hangings. More »

  • Met Police To Show Macabre Museum Exhibits
    Met Police To Show Macabre Museum Exhibits Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    A syringe of poison the Kray twins planned to use to intimidate a witness and three gallstones found in the drain of an acid bath murderer will be seen by the public for the first time when the Met Police's crime artefacts are put on display. The Black Museum in room 101 of Scotland Yard, the headquarters of London's Metropolitan Police, has until now only been open to officers and invited guests, including Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and illusionist Harry Houdini. But, from October, around 500 items from the collection of 20,000 macabre objects will be moved to the Museum of London. More »

  • Syria-Bound UK Teenagers Released On Bail
    Syria-Bound UK Teenagers Released On Bail Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Three British teenagers suspected of attempting to join Islamic State have been released on bail. A man aged 19 and two 17-year-old boys, all from northwest London, were arrested on Saturday night on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts after returning to the UK, police said. A Met police spokesman said: "Officers alerted the Turkish authorities who were able to intercept all three males, preventing travel to Syria. "On Saturday, March 14 the three males returned to the UK and at approximately 11.10pm were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to section five of the Terrorism Act 2006. More »

  • Watchdog to investigate UK police over child abuse failures Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - The watchdog which oversees British police said it had launched an investigation into allegations London police chiefs dropped inquiries into child sex abuse claims because they involved politicians and high profile figures. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it would examine allegations police suppressed evidence, hindered investigations into paedophile rings and covered up crimes because they involved lawmakers (MPs) and police officers. London's Metropolitan Police are themselves currently investigating allegations of sex crimes involving powerful establishment figures from the 1970s and 1980s, including claims that three young boys had been murdered. More »

  • UK teens suspected of trying to join Islamic State arrested
    UK teens suspected of trying to join Islamic State arrested Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    By Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Three male British teenagers suspected of planning to join Islamic State militants in Syria have been arrested by London police after being deported from Turkey, officials said. The three, who have not been named, were detained on Friday in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Turkish sources told Reuters, after a tip-off from British authorities that two of them were travelling to Turkey via Spain. London police said they had been made aware on Friday that two 17-year-old boys from the city had gone missing and were thought to be travelling to Syria. They were then flown back to Britain late on Saturday, when they were arrested "on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts", the Metropolitan Police statement said. More »

  • British Teenage Terror Suspects Back In UK
    British Teenage Terror Suspects Back In UK Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Three British teenagers are back in the UK after being detained for allegedly trying to travel to Syria to join terror group Islamic State. The group, a 19-year-old male and two boys aged 17, are being held at a central London police station after being arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, said Scotland Yard. The detainees have not been named, but Sky sources in Turkey say the initials of the men are GH, MNG, and MA. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said counter-terrorism officers were alerted on Friday that two 17-year-olds from northwest London had gone missing and were believed to be travelling to Syria. Enquiries revealed they had gone with a third male, aged 19. More »

  • DJ Neil Fox Arrested Over Sex Assault Claim
    DJ Neil Fox Arrested Over Sex Assault Claim Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    DJ Neil Fox has been arrested over an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman in the early 1990s. The arrest came as the Magic presenter, also known as Dr Fox, voluntarily attended a central London police station to answer bail. It is the third time Fox has been arrested by Metropolitan Police officers investigating claims of sexual assault. More »

  • Neil Fox arrested on new sex claim
    Neil Fox arrested on new sex claim Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    DJ Neil Fox has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police over an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in the early 1990s. More »

  • Seven injured in bomb attack in Bogota, Colombia Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Five police and two civilians were injured after a bomb exploded in the south of Colombia's capital Bogota on Thursday, police said, in the latest of a string of attacks in the city. The remote-controlled bomb, left on the median strip of an avenue in the south of the city of 7 million, was detonated as police officers passed by on motorcycles, an official from the Metropolitan Police said. The head of the national police force, General Rodolfo Palomino, said recently he did not rule out the possibility that urban commanders from the leftist ELN guerrillas were responsible. More »

  • Woman, 18, on terror attack charge
    Woman, 18, on terror attack charge Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    An 18-year-old woman has been charged with preparing to carry out a terrorist attack during October 2014, the Metropolitan Police have said. More »

  • Anti-Radicalisation Strategy 'Toxic' To Muslims
    Anti-Radicalisation Strategy 'Toxic' To Muslims Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    A Muslim former police chief has condemned the Government's strategy for tackling radicalisation as "toxic". Former Chief Superintendent Dal Babu has said most Muslims are suspicious of the community-led Prevent scheme, and believe it is being used to spy on them. Mr Babu, who retired from the Metropolitan Police in 2013, said the force's counter-terrorism command was "virtually all white" and there was a "lack of knowledge" around race and faith issues. He said: "There's been a lot of concern about the Prevent strategy in the Muslim community over the last few years. More »

  • Will Protesters Have To Pay To March?
    Will Protesters Have To Pay To March? Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Protests are in danger of becoming privatised, campaigners have told Sky News. Thousands of people will gather later to join the Campaign Against Climate Change's march through central London, but its organisers have told Sky News they were shocked to be told by the Met Police that they would have to pay thousands towards road closures and for private security. "We were very surprised to be told that we need to hire a private traffic management firm to close the roads for us," organiser Claire James told Sky News. The Met Police has traditionally always taken the lead when it comes to helping organisers prepare for protest marches. More »

  • Missing Girls' Families Slam Police Over Letter
    Missing Girls' Families Slam Police Over Letter Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    The families of three London schoolgirls feared to have fled to Syria to become jihadi brides have accused the Metropolitan Police of failing to pass on a crucial letter. They say a letter from the force requesting to interview the girls in relation to a classmate who ran away to Syria last year should have been handed directly to the families. Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase, who attended Bethnal Green Academy in east London, sparked a police hunt after they flew to Istanbul from Gatwick Airport last month. A Metropolitan Police statement said: "The Metropolitan Police Service has been engaged with staff at the girls' school since December 2014 as part of the routine inquiry by officers investigating the disappearance of their friend. More »

  • Scandal 's Ferguson-Inspired Episode Was Extraordinary Television
    Scandal 's Ferguson-Inspired Episode Was Extraordinary Television Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Scandal, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama about a professional Washington "fixer," is unique in many ways, one of which is the fact that its main character, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is African American, and her race is a nonissue. Olivia was called out by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department to help minimize the backlash (the "optics," as the chief put it) after a black 17-year-old was shot and killed by a white cop four blocks from the Capitol. More »

  • Ex-Tory MP's Home Searched In Sex Abuse Inquiry
    Ex-Tory MP's Home Searched In Sex Abuse Inquiry Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    The home of former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor is being examined by officers investigating claims of sex abuse against boys by establishment figures. A Met Police spokesman confirmed to Sky News that a property in Grantham was being searched by officers from Operation Midland. Operation Midland is investigating allegations that a paedophile ring of high-profile figures - including politicians, law enforcement and military officials - operated in the 1970s and 80s. Mr Proctor told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he found himself "in a very Kafka-esque fantasy situation". More »