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  • Two wounded in gunfire near Washington, D.C., zoo Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    (Reuters) - Two men were wounded on Monday by gunshots near a Washington, D.C., zoo shortly after it hosted an annual Easter event that drew thousands of people, police said. Police responding to reports of gunfire just after 5 p.m. found the men - one shot in the hand, the other in the elbow - near an entrance to the National Zoo, Metropolitan Police Department lieutenant Kelvin Cusick said. More »

  • Sir Hugh 'didn't want top Met job'
    Sir Hugh 'didn't want top Met job' Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Sir Hugh Orde has said that he "didn't want" the top job at the Metropolitan Police, despite applying for the post on two occasions. More »

  • Whistleblower confronts Met chief
    Whistleblower confronts Met chief Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A police whistleblower who resigned after raising concerns about the massaging of crime statistics has confronted the Metropolitan Police Commissioner in a radio phone in. More »

  • Dave Lee Travis Charged With Indecent Assault
    Dave Lee Travis Charged With Indecent Assault Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Former Radio One DJ Dave Lee Travis has been charged with one count of indecent assault. The Metropolitan Police announced David Patrick Griffin, Travis' real name, is accused of carrying out the assault in January 1995. The alleged assault involved a woman aged over 16 years old. It comes after Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC told a court last month that Travis was due to be charged with a count of indecent assault. More »

  • Gove Appoints Former Anti Terror Chief to Lead Islamist Schools Plot Probe
    Gove Appoints Former Anti Terror Chief to Lead Islamist Schools Plot Probe Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Education secretary Michael Gove has sparked a major row after appointing a former counter-terrorism chief to investigate allegations of a plot by Islamic extremists to takeover some Birmingham schools. The letter, which includes the title "Operation Trojan Horse", has never been authenticated and the possibility it is a hoax designed to whip up anti-Muslim sentiment has not been ruled out. However, there have been claims that such a plot has existed since the 1990s and a range of institutions including the West Midlands counter-terrorism unit and the education department's extremist unit are all investigating 25 local schools. Now, Gove has appointed Peter Clarke, former deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to investigate all the evidence and the 200 complaints. More »

  • Anti-Terror Chief To Probe 'Muslim School Plot'
    Anti-Terror Chief To Probe 'Muslim School Plot' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A former anti-terror chief has been appointed to investigate allegations of a hardline Islamist takeover plot of Birmingham schools, sparking criticism it would send the wrong message. One of Britain's top police officers said Michael Gove's appointment of Peter Clarke, previously head of the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit, was "desperately unfortunate". Mr Clarke, who led the investigation into the July 7 bombings, is to work with Birmingham City Council to "analyse evidence of extremist infiltration in both academies and council-run schools". West Midlands Chief Constable Chris Sims said: "This is a desperately unfortunate appointment. More »

  • Police Still Searching for Missing London Marathon Runner Mami Konneh Lahun
    Police Still Searching for Missing London Marathon Runner Mami Konneh Lahun Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Police are still searching for the missing London Marathon runner despite originally reporting she had been found. Mami Konneh Lahun, 24, from Sierra Leone, has been missing since she finished the 26.2 mile race in 20th place. She was due to fly home on 14 April but failed to return to her temporary accommodation in Greenwich after completing the race. Met Police reported that she had been found safe and well at her accommodation in south-east London, but have now retracted this statement and said they are still investigating her disappearance. More »

  • Search For Missing Marathon Runner Continues
    Search For Missing Marathon Runner Continues Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    An athlete from Sierra Leone is still missing after finishing 20th in the London Marathon. The Metropolitan Police previously said Mami Konneh Lahun had returned to her accommodation on Monday - but a spokesman told Sky News this was an error and that the search had never been called off. The 24-year-old had been staying at an address in Greenwich since arriving in the UK on a sportsperson visit visa a week ago, but failed to return back following Sunday's race. A Home Office spokesman said: "All individuals who came to the UK specifically to take part in the London Marathon were issued with sportsperson visit visas, which are valid for six months." More »

  • Horror Hammer Attack in London Hotel Leaves Woman With 5% Brain Function
    Horror Hammer Attack in London Hotel Leaves Woman With 5% Brain Function Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    A woman who was attacked with a hammer by an intruder in a four-star London hotel room has been left with only one eye and just 5% brain function, police said today. The woman remains in critical condition, after she was attacked along with her two sisters when they returned to their room at the Cumberland Hotel, near Marble Arch, after a day's shopping. Philip Spence, 32, of Hounslow, west London, was today remanded in custody by District Judge Mike Snow after appearing at West London Magistrates' Court accused of the attack. Speaking outside court, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The main victim suffered life threatening head and facial injuries, has lost her left eye and significant quantities of blood. More »

  • Pet Parrot Rescues Owner From Violent Attack
    Pet Parrot Rescues Owner From Violent Attack Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    A statement from the Metropolitan Police said the bird - named Wunsy - came to the woman's rescue by flapping its wings and squawking. PC Chris Cutmore, from Colindale Police Station, said: "This was a random attack on a woman walking out of a park. More »

  • Violent Drug Dealers Targeted in Met Police Raids on North London Gangs
    Violent Drug Dealers Targeted in Met Police Raids on North London Gangs Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Violent drug dealers have been targeted in a series of raids across north London. More than 150 officers took part in raids in Haringey, north London, that led to the arrest of 18 suspected male drug dealers. They have been taken to a north London police station where they remain in police custody. In the past three months, officers from Trident, the Metropolitan Police's anti-gang unit,  and local police have seized a class A drugs, including crack cocaine and heroin, a quantity of cash, as well as knives and handgun seized in weapon sweeps. More »

  • Downing Street Met Police Officer James Addison Charged With Sending Extreme …
    Downing Street Met Police Officer James Addison Charged With Sending Extreme … Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    A Metropolitan Police constable has been charged with 11 counts of publishing and distributing obscene pornographic material. PC James Addison, who protects Downing Street and other state buildings, was arrested in December alongside three colleagues in connection with the allegations but has now been charged. The 37-year-old officer with the Diplomatic Protection Group is alleged to have sent videos on his mobile phone in breach of the Obscene Publications Act. During the course of the investigation, 14 officers have faced either criminal or misconduct investigations into the possession and distribution of obscene images using mobile phones. More »

  • Mark Duggan's Family to Challenge Met Police 'Lawful Killing' V …
    Mark Duggan's Family to Challenge Met Police 'Lawful Killing' V … Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    The mother of Mark Duggan has won the right to appeal against the lawful killing verdict concerning the shooting of her son by Met Police. An inquest into the death of Duggan, which triggered the August 2011 riots across England, ruled that the 29-year-old was lawfully killed by police despite a jury declaring by a majority of eight to two that he did not have a gun at the time. Following a four-month inquest, a jury declared that Duggan more than likely threw the gun out of the vehicle's window before being shot by police marksman, known only as V53. The High Court has allowed his mother, Pamela Duggan, to challenge the decision. More »

  • Shrien Dewani Extradited To South Africa
    Shrien Dewani Extradited To South Africa Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    A British man suspected of arranging the murder of his new wife on honeymoon has been remanded in custody after arriving in South Africa to face trial. Shrien Dewani was taken from Fromeside Hospital to Bristol Airport accompanied by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Extradition Unit. Officers were met at the airport by representatives from the South African authorities who have escorted him on the flight to Cape Town. He arrived in Cape Town at about 8.15am UK time. More »

  • Honeymoon murder suspect flown back to South Africa
    Honeymoon murder suspect flown back to South Africa Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    The businessman accused of arranging for his new bride to be murdered during their honeymoon in Cape Town was flown back to South Africa on Monday night after more than three years of trying to avoid extradition on mental health grounds. Shrien Dewani, 34, left Britain at around 0800 p.m. BST after having been met at Bristol airport by representatives of the South African authorities who accompanied him on the flight, London's Metropolitan police said in a statement. Dewani was expected to make a brief court appearance on arrival on Tuesday morning before being transferred to hospital for more psychiatric tests, British media reports said. Dewani is accused of conspiring to kill his wife, Anni, 28, a Swedish national, who was shot in November 2010 when the taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town. More »

  • London Hotel Hammer Attack: Three Women Hurt
    London Hotel Hammer Attack: Three Women Hurt Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    A manhunt is under way after a vicious hammer attack on three wealthy tourists staying at a leading London hotel. All three women, in their 30s, suffered serious head injuries and one is understood to be in a medically induced coma, fighting for her life. They were on a family holiday from the United Arab Emirates and were sharing a room with three children on the seventh floor of the Cumberland Hotel near Oxford Street in central London. Detective Superintendent Carl Mehta, of the Metropolitan Police, said the family had been doing some shopping during the few days they had been in the capital. More »

  • Buckingham Palace Intruder: Who Has Targeted The Queen's Home?
    Buckingham Palace Intruder: Who Has Targeted The Queen's Home? Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    A Queen's Guard was photographed pointing a rifle at a potential Buckingham Palace intruder as tensions escalated outside the London home of the Queen. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) confirmed there had been an incident outside the palace, adding that officers from Royalty protection issued advice to the man, who was not arrested. Security at the palace is mainly dealt with by the MPS but Queen's Guards are also on hand to protect the palace. Personal protection for members of certain Royal families visiting the UK. More »

  • Army Stops Man from Forcing Way into Buckingham Palace
    Army Stops Man from Forcing Way into Buckingham Palace Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    A "ranting" man has been stopped from trying to force his way into Buckingham Palace by Queen's Guard soldiers, it has been revealed. The officer reportedly stopped a man who tried to force his way into Buckingham Palace on Friday evening. According to the Sun on Sunday the soldier from the Queen's Guard, the infantry charged with guarding official royal residences in London, ran 50 yards and pointed his bayonet-fixed rifle at the "ranting" suspect. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed a disturbance took place at the Palace's North Centre Gate at around 5.50pm. More »

  • Buckingham Palace: 'Gun Drama' At Gates
    Buckingham Palace: 'Gun Drama' At Gates Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    A Queen's Guard stopped a man who tried to force his way into Buckingham Palace on Friday evening, say reports. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed a disturbance took place at the Palace's North Centre Gate at around 5.50pm. An Army spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident outside Buckingham Palace on Friday and while no one came to any harm and there were no arrests, we are very clear that the Metropolitan Police lead on Royal Security arrangements including outside the Palace itself." Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the incident. More »

  • Britain re-arrests fugitive former mafioso on Italian warrant Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    London police said on Saturday they had re-arrested a fugitive Sicilian mafioso who last month won a legal fight against extradition to Italy from Britain where he has been living under an alias for two decades. Domenico Rancadore, 65, has been tried in his absence by an Italian court and sentenced to seven years in an Italian jail for mafia-linked crimes between 1987 and 1995. The Metropolitan Police said he was held on Friday night at an address in Uxbridge, west London, under a new European arrest warrant issued by Italy, and would appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later on Saturday. In March, he avoided extradition after a British judge ruled that Italy's prison overcrowding could breach his human rights. More »

  • Homeless Eastern Europeans Removed from London's Park Lane
    Homeless Eastern Europeans Removed from London's Park Lane Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Eastern European immigrants have been evicted from a London camp they set up in the heart of London's millionaire's playground Park Lane. Twenty-three rough sleepers were removed from the encampment by the Metropolitan Police and Westminster City Council. The average price of a house on Park Lane itself is more than £5.5 million.  The removal of the immigrants came as police and council wardens targeted anti-social behaviour linked to rough sleepers in hotspot areas. More »

  • Reporter challenges Met warning
    Reporter challenges Met warning Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Lawyers have been instructed to demand the Metropolitan Police withdraw a harassment warning against a journalist who was reprimanded for approaching a convicted fraudster for comment as part of an investigation. More »

  • Police accused on 'target setting'
    Police accused on 'target setting' Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Management in the Metropolitan Police is making increasing use of target-setting, whereby officers are required to achieve designated numbers of stops and arrests, regardless of whether the crime situation merits them, according to the Metropolitan Police Federation (MPF). More »

  • Gangland UK: Suspected Fraudsters Arrested In Adams Family Raids Across London …
    Gangland UK: Suspected Fraudsters Arrested In Adams Family Raids Across London … Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Seven suspected multimillion-pound fraudsters said to belong to the notorious Adams crime family have been arrested after Met Police officers swooped on addresses across London and Sussex. They were detained at properties in London and Sussex on Wednesday during raids. Officers seized £100,000 cash at an address in Shoreditch, east London. The Metropolitan Police said the arrests, which were part of operation Octopod, targeted the UK's "longest established and most high-profile organised crime gangs". More »

  • Hackney Murder Victims Named as Baby Real-Jahzarah McKoy and Mother Valerie …
    Hackney Murder Victims Named as Baby Real-Jahzarah McKoy and Mother Valerie … Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Police have named the mother and daughter murdered at a home in Hackney as one-year-old Real-Jahzarah McKoy and 45-year-old Valerie Forde. A murder investigation was launched on Monday after Met Police officers and the London Ambulance Service found the two victims as well as a 53-year-old man suffering injuries at the east London home. A post-mortem examination of Forde, a youth support worker, will take place at Poplar Mortuary on Thursday, 3 April, while Real-Jahzarah's will be on Wednesday, 2 April, at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The Directorate of Professional Standards has referred prior contact with the victim to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. More »

  • Police 'continue to discriminate'
    Police 'continue to discriminate' Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    The Metropolitan Police have not learned the lessons of the Macpherson report, a black female officer who has taken the force to an employment tribunal said today. More »

  • Axe v Machete: London Gang Bangers do Battle in on Islington's Upper St …
    Axe v Machete: London Gang Bangers do Battle in on Islington's Upper St … Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    A teenager's hand was left "hanging by a thread" after being attacked with an axe during a brutal Islington street fight.  A Metropolitan Police Service spokesman said enquiries into the incident were ongoing with the Met's Operation Trident, which specialises in gangland activities, investigating. More »

  • Burglar Stole Stillborn Baby's Ashes in London Raid Thinking they were Expensive …
    Burglar Stole Stillborn Baby's Ashes in London Raid Thinking they were Expensive … Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    A burglar is thought to have stolen a stillborn baby's ashes after mistaking the casket they were in for a jewellery box. The brazen criminal took the small white casket containing the remains of Oliver Ryan McElligott during a raid at a home in Archway, north London, in February. But the Metropolitan Police Service believes the burglar may have mistaken it for a jewellery box. Devestated Parents Amanda Ryan and her partner Daniel McElligott's were left distressed by the remorseless theft, which also saw items of jewellery, laptops and mobile phones taken, and are now appealing for the return of the ashes. More »

  • Tokyo court extends Mt. Gox bankruptcy investigation to May 9
    Tokyo court extends Mt. Gox bankruptcy investigation to May 9 Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    A deadline for a court-mandated investigation into why bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox failed, and whether it should be revived under bankruptcy protection laws, has been extended to May 9, the company said in a brief statement on Friday. The Tokyo District Court had set a Friday deadline for Nobuaki Kobayashi, a partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, to report on his investigation into the collapse last month of what was once the world's largest bitcoin exchange. In seeking the extension, Kobayashi cited the involvement of investigatory agencies as well as the work required to confirm Mt. Gox's financial situation, according to a petition filed to the court. Mt. Gox said on Wednesday it had submitted records and documents to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police as part of its civil rehabilitation application. More »

  • Police Commissioner Calls for One Ethnic Minority Officer for Every White Officer …
    Police Commissioner Calls for One Ethnic Minority Officer for Every White Officer … Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Scotland Yard will recruit one ethnic minority officer for every white officer as part of a proposed recruitment initiative to eradicate institutionalised racism within the force. The radical plans come as Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for a change in the law to allow greater opportunities for more black and ethnic minority officers. Hogan-Howe aims to change the predominantly white, male make-up of the force by means of a proposed five year recruitment programme, based on positive discrimination for ethnic minority applicants.   Currently the Metropolitan Police recruits one in five officers from ethnic minorities. More »

  • Did Jimmy Savile Abuse Children at Blind School? Fresh Investigations at 21 …
    Did Jimmy Savile Abuse Children at Blind School? Fresh Investigations at 21 … Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Serial paedophile Jimmy Savile may have abused yet more vulnerable youngsters at children's homes and institutions, including children at a school for the blind, it has emerged. The government has ordered fresh investigations in to claims uncovered by the Metropolitan Police concerning 21 institutions across England. Institutions targeted by Savile have pledged to cooperate with official enquiries, which shall be carried out by local councils. "Having reviewed the information, I have decided that the Department for Education should pass the information to the appropriate organisations for further investigation. More »

  • Exclusive: Where In London Are You Most Likely To Be Shot?
    Exclusive: Where In London Are You Most Likely To Be Shot? Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    The gun crime capital of London can be revealed after an IBTimes UK investigation found which boroughs and wards had seen the most shootings in the past three years. Between 2011-13 a total of 1,274 shootings were recorded across the 32 boroughs served by the Metropolitan Police Service.  Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed Lambeth had the highest number of shootings over the three year period with a total of 113. It was followed by Lewisham, which had 80, and Newham, which had 77 shootings over the same period. More »

  • Exclusive: Lambeth Gangs Shoot Their Way to Top of London's Gun Crime L …
    Exclusive: Lambeth Gangs Shoot Their Way to Top of London's Gun Crime L … Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    The gun crime capital of London can be revealed after an IBTimes UK investigation found which boroughs and wards had seen the most shootings in the past three years. Between 2011-13 a total of 1,274 shootings were recorded across the 32 boroughs served by the Metropolitan Police Service.  Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed Lambeth had the highest number of shootings over the three year period with a total of 113. It was followed by Lewisham, which had 80, and Newham, which had 77 shootings over the same period. More »

  • Savile: Homes And Schools To Be Investigated
    Savile: Homes And Schools To Be Investigated Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    More than 20 children's homes and schools across England are to be investigated in connection with claims that Jimmy Savile abused children there. The allegations into the disgraced TV presenter, dating back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s, have been given to the Department for Education (DfE) after a review of documents by the Metropolitan Police. Local authorities and other relevant institutions have been asked to look into the claims, Education Secretary Michael Gove said in a written statement, explaining that human rights lawyer Lucy Scott-Moncrieff would oversee the process. "I have asked Lucy Scott-Moncrieff to ensure that investigating organisations take all practicable steps to establish what happened and why at the time of the incidents, and any lessons there might be to inform current safeguarding practice in our schools and children's homes," Mr Gove said. More »

  • Cairns confirms investigation by police, ICC Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former New Zealand test cricketer Chris Cairns confirmed Thursday he is under investigation by the London Metropolitan Police and the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit, although he says he does not know why. More »